David Levine (executive)

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David Levine
Levine David 2012.jpg
David Levine in 2012
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation President, promark Music and Television
Website https://www.promarkMusic.com

David Levine is a Canadian entertainment executive.[1][2][3]

Background[edit]

At the start of his career, Levine was a news broadcaster in Toronto.[1] In the 1970s, he worked at CKGM and CKEY. After several years in this field, he joined Vickers and Benson Advertising in Canada as the director of promotion.[1][4] A&W Root Beer and McDonald's.[1] Soon thereafter, he became the General Manager of Vickers and Benson’s Analytical Communications, Inc.[1][5]

In the 1970s, Levine established promark,[6] which is a producer and distributor of television programming.[1] Some of the company’s early clients included Planters Peanuts, Fleishmann's Margarine, Oh Henry Chocolate Bars, Baby Ruth,[7] A&W Root Beer and McDonald's.[1]

In 1977, Promark landed the contract to promote a daredevil called “The Human Fly.”[1][8][9][10][11][12][13] This project allowed the company to enter into the entertainment industry and the U.S. market.[1] Levine sold the property to Marvel Comics, who turned it into a comic book superhero.[1] Levine also went on to sell rights of the "brand" to Alan Landsberg Production for the production and release of a film entitled "The Human Fly."[14][15] Toy rights were sold to Mattel Toys.[16]

In 1980, Levine signed several acts in the entertainment industry to his company, including Gloria Gaynor,[17] Chicago, Donna Summer,[18] Gino Vannelli, Dionne Warwicke,[19] Lou Rawls[20] and Patsy Gallant.[1]

Around the same time, Levine established Talisman Records.[21][22][23] After the release of one single, Pretty Girls by Lisa Dal Bello, and one LP, he sold Talisman Records to Capitol Records.[1][21][23] While promoting Dal Bello, he secured a promotional tie-in with Revlon.[24]

A short time later, he formed Hot Vinyl Records and signed Patsy Gallant[25] and Dwayne Ford to the label.[1][21][26][27]

In 1982, Levine signed B'ZZ, a Chicago-based band, to the company.[28] Later that year, he secured nine songs written and performed by the band on to the soundtrack for Reckless starring Meg Foster.[1][28] He ultimately sold the rights to the band to CBS records in NY.

In 1983, thru his company, Promark Television Broadcast, Levine began selling full-length motion pictures and music specials to cable and home video, including Mrs. World, Miss Fitness, From Hawaii with Love and musical specials featuring Dianne Warwick, Fats Domino, Ricky Nelson, Liberace, Johnny Cash.[1][29]

In 1984, Levine began focusing on TV syndication of over 50 series and specials over 20 years, including “The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne.”[1][3][30]

Levine is also the president of promarkMusic.[31][32] In 2012, promarkMusic signed Ella Furmane, a musician and DJ from Latvia.[31][33] The company’s line up also includes Gloria Gaynor and “Right Said Fred.”[31][34][35]

Personal[edit]

Levine lives in Los Angeles.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "promark Homepage". promark. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Friends say bum engine had everyone worried". The Houston Chronicle. January 2, 1986. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Chris Pursell. "Levine Returns to Promark, Greenlights 'Worldstars'". TV Week. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ "You 'sell' entertainers like soap, advises ad-man-turned-promoter". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "ICS Names Analytical". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "People". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Stars Sold Like Cornflakes, Cars". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ DailyPop. "The Human Fly!". DailyPop. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Human Fly NBC Network USA Part 1". Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ "WEEKEND: THE AMAZING HUMAN FLY AND HIS AMAZING PROMOTER PARTS I & II". Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ AP. "Will Human Fly Get Squashed on Top of Jet". The Miami News. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Fifth Estate - The Human Fly & David Levine Part 1". Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Fifth Estate - The Human Fly & David Levine Part 2". Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Landsburgh". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  15. ^ "The Human Fly Homepage". Archived from the original on July 18, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  16. ^ "He hates the term 'promoter' but David Levine is one". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Music Notes". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  18. ^ "The Lapierre Show Selling David Levine CTV Network". Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Promoter Hustles to Change A Negative Image". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Talisman Records Formed to Break Canadian Acts in U.S." Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  21. ^ a b c "Talisman Records". Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Promoter David Levine Launches New Label and Artist". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  23. ^ a b "Promo Man Levine Forms New Diskery". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Revlon Tie-In Helps Launch New Vocalist". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Patsy Gallant – Stranger In The Mirror". Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  26. ^ "David Levine forms new Hot Vinyl Label". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Various articles about Hot Vinyl". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  28. ^ a b "B'zz Group Wins LP Pact After 250G Buildup". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Promark Formed for Cable Marketing". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  30. ^ "What Sells a Show, the Pitch or the Pay?". The LA Times. June 12, 2001. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  31. ^ a b c "Ella Furmane". Latinosunidosonline.com. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Feature Labels - PromarkMusic". zipDJ. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  33. ^ "Ella Furmane 2". Latinosunidosonline.com. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Ella Furmane feat. Tito Torres - Sunrise (Remixes)". www.starfleetmusic.com. Retrieved March 4, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  35. ^ "Right Said Fred". Latinosunidosonline.com. Retrieved May 24, 2012.