Frederick "Freddy" DeMann is a film producer, music executive, and co-founder of Maverick Records. During his music career, he managed two of the century's biggest stars: Michael Jackson and Madonna. During DeMann's tenure, two of Michael Jackson's greatest albums were recorded and released; Off the Wall and Thriller. DeMann managed Madonna essentially from the beginning of her career in 1983 through 1997. He is also the former manager of Lionel Richie and Billy Idol, among others. After selling his interest in Maverick in 1999, he managed Shakira. As a producer, he bought the rights to the book The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and turned it into a movie for HBO, which earned eight Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. Broadway productions include Proof, Topdog/Underdog, Take Me Out, and Spring Awakening; each play won the Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize, or both. Also: West Side Story, and A Chorus Line.