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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 Productions

 
[US Tour, 2002]
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Composer
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Jay Rifkin Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

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Review: THE LION KING at Ohio Theatre

While at times THE LION KING seems like a note for note repetition of the movie, what pushes the musical into new territory is the costume design, a stellar group of actors, and of course, an empowering soundtrack.
Tickets for Disney's THE LION KING at the Fox Theatre to go on Sale This Month

Tickets for Disney's THE LION KING at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta go on sale this month. Learn how to purchase tickets.
Review: THE LION KING National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center

Based on Disney’s 1994 animated film musical of the same name, The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is supposed to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of Pride Rock. But when Simba's uncle, Scar, kills Mufasa, Simba runs away from home after being tricked into thinking that he was responsible. As he comes of age, Simba learns some valuable perspective to go back and take his rightful place as King.
THE LION KING to Hold Toronto Open Call Auditions For Young Simba & Young Nala

Toronto is hosting open call auditions for the roles of Young Simba and Young Nala in Disney's THE LION KING. Learn about how to audition!
THE LION KING Tour Celebrates 22nd Anniversary in Minneapolis This Weekend

The North American tour of Disney's The Lion King will celebrate its 22nd anniversary on Saturday, April 27 in Minneapolis. The Lion King has returned to Minneapolis' historic Orpheum Theatre, where the Tony Award-winning Best Musical played its pre-Broadway run in 1997, and where the touring production is currently entertaining capacity houses through Sunday, April 28. 
THE LION KING North American Tour to Celebrate 22nd Anniversary

The North American tour of Disney's The Lion King will celebrate its 22nd anniversary on Saturday, April 27 in Minneapolis. Learn more about the show!
Tickets To Go On Sale Next Month for THE LION KING Toronto Production

Disney's THE LION KING is coming to Toronto. Learn more about where and when you can see the production and learn how to purchase tickets.
Video: The Cast of THE LION KING in Brazil Performs 'Endless Night'

The Lion King is currently playing in Sao Paulo, Brazil! Watch the cast perform 'Noite Sem Fim (Endless Night)' in this all-new video.
Tickets for THE LION KING at the the Ohio Theatre on Sale Now

Tickets for the return of Disney’s The Lion King at the Ohio Theatre are currently on sale. Learn more about the show and see how to purchase.
Review: Disney's THE LION KING Rules Once More at OC's Segerstrom Center

Now in its 27th year, Disney's game-changing, Tony Award-winning global megahit THE LION KING has once again taken over OC's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa for another month of performances that continues through February 25, 2024. Even today, the show still manages to elicit genuine wonder and awe for kids and adults alike.
THE LION KING Returns to Portland This Fall

Disney Theatrical Group and Broadway in Portland have announced that, in response to the recent weather-related performance cancellations of Disney’s The Lion King, the North American tour will return to Keller Auditorium in Portland for a two-week engagement in Fall 2025.
Casting Announced For Disney's THE LION KING At Segerstrom Center For The Arts

Casting has been announced for Disney's The Lion King at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Get the details on the upcoming production.
Auditions to be Held for Toronto Production Of Disney's THE LION KING

Audition information is now available online for the new Toronto production of Disney’s The Lion King.
Disney's THE LION KING is Coming to The Hobby Center in Summer 2024

The Lion King will once again leap onto the Hobby Center stage on Thursday, July 11, 2024 for a limited four-week engagement through Sunday, August 4, 2024.
THE LION KING to Open a New Toronto Sit-Down Production

Toronto will become the first city in North America to have a second sit-down production of Disney’s The Lion King. Learn more and see how to purchase tickets!
THE LION KING Celebrates 26th Anniversary on Broadway

The Lion King celebrates its 26th anniversary on Broadway today, Monday, November 13th.  
Buddy Holly Hall Premiere Engagement of Disney's THE LION KING Generates Estimated $6 Million Economic Impact

Disney's THE LION KING is coming to The Buddy Holly Hall in Lubbock, TX, presented by The American Theatre Guild. Check out the latest news and show information.
Disney's THE LION KING On Sale October 30 At Segerstrom Center For The Arts

Disney Theatrical Productions and Segerstrom Center for the Arts announced today that tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of Disney's The Lion King will go on sale to the public on Monday, October 30, 2023 at 10 AM. 
Disney's THE LION KING On Sale At Keller Auditorium, October 2

Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway in Portland announced today that tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of Disney’s The Lion King will go on sale to the public on Monday, October 2 at 10 a.m. 
DISNEY'S THE LION KING To Play Return Engagement At Popejoy Hall, November 5

Casting announced for Disney's The Lion King at Popejoy. Get all the details on the upcoming production.

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?

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

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