With David Peck, Founder, “Reelin in the Years”
David Peck founded ‘Reelin in the Years’ when he was just 26, and has always had a strong interest in music. Their most recent release was The Merv Griffin Show 1962-1986, a 12-DVD box set of some of the greatest episodes from one of television’s most beloved talk shows. He’s also got unseen, archival footage of Donald Trump from 1980. Interestingly, in the clips, Donald Trump is interviewed and one of his questions is whether the Donald would ever consider running for president, and Trump actually says NO, he would not consider it. How times have changes, with Donald Trump now the Republican front runner early in the race for president.
In his chat with Steve, he talks about the fascinating rise of Merv Griffin into one of the industry’s top television hosts and a media mogul credited with creating game shows in the 1950s, including Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. He was a very astute talent and businessman, and used his smarts to build considerable influence, fan following and wealth.
David Peck’s company, Reelin’ in the Years Productions, has signed representational deals with many of the world’s biggest television stations and has amassed the world’s largest library of music footage, housing over 20,000 hours of material from the 1920s to today. The company is recognized as a world leader in music footage, and representation of the daily talk-show The Merv Griffin Show, the Sir David Frost Archive and others, with rights to license over 4,000 hours of in-depth interviews with the 20th century’s icons of Film and Television, Politics, Comedy, Literature, Art, Science, Fashion and Sports, filmed between 1962-2012.
As well as licensing thousands of short clips for various projects, Reelin’ In The Years Productions has also been involved in creating original programs and releasing whole performances from their archive on DVD. The company has also produced a multi-platinum selling Motown series with the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. Their most recent release was The Merv Griffin Show 1962-1986, a 12-DVD box set of some of the greatest episodes from one of television’s most beloved talk shows.