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Jay Rifkin

 
Bio:
Jay Rifkin is an American record and film producer. Rifkin co-founded the company Media Ventures with Hans Zimmer, a childhood friend. As CEO of the company from 1988, Rifkin partnered with Zimmer to produce and to compose. Media Ventures is a diverse entertainment group that includes music, new ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Jay Rifkin is an American record and film producer. Rifkin co-founded the company Media Ventures with Hans Zimmer, a childhood friend. As CEO of the company from 1988, Rifkin partnered with Zimmer to produce and to compose. Media Ventures is a diverse entertainment group that includes music, new ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[US Tour, 2002]
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Lyricist

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Jay Rifkin Biography

Jay Rifkin is an American record and film producer.

Rifkin co-founded the company Media Ventures with Hans Zimmer, a childhood friend. As CEO of the company from 1988, Rifkin partnered with Zimmer to produce and to compose. Media Ventures is a diverse entertainment group that includes music, new media, film and television. The partnership earned them numerous awards and nominations, including Academy Award nominations, for the film scores of Driving Miss Daisy, Rain Man and The Lion King. After the success of The Lion King, Rifkin conceived and produced the platinum-selling follow-up album Rhythm of the Pride Lands.

Rifkin was also chairman of Media Revolution, an award-winning new media company, which he founded in 1996. Media Revolution was part of Cyberia Holdings, which Rifkin was also CEO of, and Hans Zimmer the vice-president. He was also a founder of the film production company Media Ventures Pictures and a producer of the comedy Waiting....

Rifkin was the managing partner of Media Ventures through his company Mojo Music, which he founded in 1995. In 1995, he started Mojo Records, which became a joint venture with Universal Records in 1996, and after producing multiple gold and platinum records, Mojo Records was subsequently sold to Zomba/BMG in 2001.

From 2005, Rifkin was chairman and CEO of China Youth Media Inc., a youth marketing and media company focused on China. He resigned the position on June 21, 2011, when the company merged with Midwest Energy Emissions Corp, for which Rifkin served as a Director, until November 9, 2015.

Jay Rifkin Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Jay Rifkin, The Lion King

Jay Rifkin News

Pearl Khwezi to Assume the Role of Nala in THE LION KING Beginning Tonight Photo Pearl Khwezi to Assume the Role of Nala in THE LION KING Beginning Tonight
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 24, 2022

The Lion King has announced that Pearl Khwezi will assume the role of Nala in the Broadway production beginning tonight, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Adrienne Walker played her final performance last month.

BWW Previews: DISNEY'S THE LION KING at Century II Concert Hall Photo BWW Previews: DISNEY'S THE LION KING at Century II Concert Hall
by Paula Makar - Apr 28, 2022

The North American tour of Disney’s The Lion King is celebrating its 20th anniversary today, Wednesday, April 27 in Wichita, where the award-winning musical begins a two-week return engagement tonight at The Century II Concert Hall and plays through Sunday, May 8, 2022.

Disney's THE LION KING North American Tour Celebrates 20th Anniversary Photo Disney's THE LION KING North American Tour Celebrates 20th Anniversary
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 27, 2022

The North American tour of Disney's The Lion King is celebrating its 20th anniversary today, Wednesday, April 27 in Wichita, where the award-winning musical begins a two-week return engagement tonight at The Century II Concert Hall. 

Disney's THE LION KING to Return to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in June Photo Disney's THE LION KING to Return to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in June
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 18, 2022

Disney’s The Lion King, St. Louis’s most eagerly awaited stage production ever, will leap onto the Fabulous Fox Theatre stage from Wednesday, June 1 to Sunday, June 19.

BWW Spain Instagram TakeOver con Gustavo Nuñez (EL REY LEĂ"N) Photo BWW Spain Instagram TakeOver con Gustavo Nuñez (EL REY LEĂ"N)
by Elena DĂ­az-Guerra - Apr 1, 2022

Mañana, 2 de abril, el actor controlará durante 24 horas la cuenta de BroadwayWorld Spain en Instagram.

THE LION KING Tour Celebrates Record-Breaking, Sold-Out Greensboro Premiere Engagemen Photo THE LION KING Tour Celebrates Record-Breaking, Sold-Out Greensboro Premiere Engagement
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 8, 2022

 Disney’s The Lion King continues to reign across North America with a record-breaking, sold-out premiere engagement in Greensboro. The award-winning musical broke two records at the venue during the week ending March 6, 2022: highest-grossing week with a gross of $1,958,506 and the highest one-week attendance, with 23,040 guests seeing the show.

Disney's THE LION KING Returns To Salt Lake City in 2022 Photo Disney's THE LION KING Returns To Salt Lake City in 2022
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 31, 2022

By popular demand, Disney's The Lion King will return to Salt Lake City for the first time since its triumphant premiere engagement in March/April of 2017, where the production played a sold-out run at the Eccles Theater.  This exclusive four-week return engagement at the Eccles Theater begins Thursday, September 29, 2022 and plays through Sunday, October 23, 2022. The public on-sale for individual tickets to The Lion King will be announced at a later date.  

The Fabulous Fox Theatre Announces On Sale Date for THE LION KING Tickets Photo The Fabulous Fox Theatre Announces On Sale Date for THE LION KING Tickets
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 24, 2022

Tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of Disney’s The Lion King will go on sale to the public on Monday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m. St. Louis’s most eagerly awaited return will once again leap onto the Fabulous Fox Theatre stage on Wednesday, June 1 for a limited engagement of 3 weeks through Sunday, June 19.

Photos: See Darian Sanders & Kayla Cyphers in New Images From THE LION KING Tour Photo Photos: See Darian Sanders & Kayla Cyphers in New Images From THE LION KING Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 2, 2021

Disney’s The Lion King North American tour released two new production photos today of Darian Sanders (Simba) and Kayla Cyphers (Nala). 

Video: THE LION KING Pays Tribute to Original 'Mufasa' Samuel E. Wright on 24th Anniv Photo Video: THE LION KING Pays Tribute to Original 'Mufasa' Samuel E. Wright on 24th Anniversary
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 15, 2021

This weekend, the Lion King celebrated its 24th anniversary on Broadway. As part of its celebration, the anniversary performance was dedicated to the memory of the creator of the role of Mufasa in the original 1997 production, Samuel E. Wright, who received a Tony nomination for his performance. 

Jay Rifkin Videos

BWW TV: THE LION KING Tour Castmates Get Engaged On Stage! VideoBWW TV: THE LION KING Tour Castmates Get Engaged On Stage!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 20, 2019

South African Lion King performer Nhlanhla Ndlovu surprised the entire cast of Disney's The Lion King and his girlfriend, fellow cast member Daniela Cobb, by proposing on stage last night at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY.

VIDEO: Get a Backstage Look at THE LION KING Bringing Its Giraffe To Life VideoVIDEO: Get a Backstage Look at THE LION KING Bringing Its Giraffe To Life
by Stage Tube - Aug 9, 2019

The smash hit musical The Lion King has been showing audiences the circle of life for a remarkable twenty-one years on Broadway, and now the show is giving us a look backstage at the productions' intricate giraffe puppet from the show's iconic opening number, Circle of Life. Head to the Pridelands with this video!

VIDEO: Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at THE LION KING VideoVIDEO: Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at THE LION KING
by Stage Tube - Jul 23, 2019

The smash hit musical The Lion King has been showing audiences the circle of life for a remarkable twenty-one years on Broadway, and now the show is giving Business Insider a look backstage at the productions' intricate puppets and set design. Head to the Pridelands with the full video!

VIDEO: THE LION KING Celebrates 100,000,000th Guest Worldwide With Multi-Lingual 'Cir VideoVIDEO: THE LION KING Celebrates 100,000,000th Guest Worldwide With Multi-Lingual 'Circle of Life' Music Video
by Stephi Wild - May 16, 2019

The Lion King - the most successful title in musical theatre history - passes another historic milestone this week, welcoming its 100,000,000th guest worldwide. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 productions have played in 100 cities around the world on every continent except Antarctica.

April 1 - THE LION KING Will Become First Musical to Play Seven Continents- Antarctic VideoApril 1 - THE LION KING Will Become First Musical to Play Seven Continents- Antarctic Production Will Open in 2019!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 31, 2018

For the first time, Disney's legendary stage musical, The Lion King, goes where no musical has gone before. The seventh continent. The Lion King has played on every continent except one. Opening on April 1st 2019, in a 2000 seat ice theatre, in Antarctica. Below, watch as the team behind Disney's The Lion King takes you behind the scenes as it plans its most challenging production ever. 

VIDEO: On This Day, March 30- THE LION KING Plays 1,000 Broadway Performances
by Stage Tube - Mar 30, 2017

On this day in 2000, The Lion King,reached its 1,000th performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Based on the animated film of the same name,  the show opened on Broadway November 13, 1997 and won the 1998 Tony Award for Best Musical.

VIDEO: Teacher Uses 3D Printer to Create Masks for School Production of THE LION KING
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Teacher Ashley Ricart was recently featured on the YouTube series 'MatterHackers Minute' for using 3D printing in the classroom for a variety of subjects, including creating amazing masks for her school's production of The Lion King. Learn more in the video below!

STAGE TUBE: THE LION KING Companies from Around the World Celebrate 80 Million Audience Members
by Stage Tube - Jun 15, 2015

In a just-released video, The Lion King companies from around the world celebrate having reached attendance of 80 million audience members worldwide - check it out below!

STAGE TUBE: Broadway's THE LION KING Cast Bursts Into Song on the Subway
by Stage Tube - Aug 6, 2014

The Broadway cast of The Lion King took a break between shows on June 28th and took over a New York City subway car to give riders a little surprise. Check out their performance of 'Circle of Life' below!

VIDEO: Cast of Broadway's THE LION KING Perform 'He Lives In You' at The White House
by Stage Tube - Jul 21, 2014

Cast members from Broadway's THE LION KING were welcomed by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House's Kids State Dinner on July 18th.


Jay Rifkin Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Jay Rifkin written?
Jay Rifkin has written 1 shows including The Lion King (Composer).

What awards has Jay Rifkin been nominated for?
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Lion King .