Donny & Marie Osmond
KC and The Sunshine Band
The Pointer Sisters
EARLY LIFE AND ENTERTAINMENT CAREER
Gallin graduated from Boston University with a degree in Public Relations and Communications, but his real dream was always to be a recording artist and actor. Gallin hoped to join the ranks of Paul Anka, Ricky Nelson, and Frankie Avalon. However, within three years of starting work in the mailroom of the GAC talent agency (predecessor to ICM) Gallin represented all of those people, figuring importantly in their careers, as well in those of Phyllis Diller, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Laura Nero, and Joni Mitchell. During that time, he also revealed his gift for recognizing new talent and signed then unknown Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, Tiny Tim, and Cass Elliot, whom Gallin later joined with other musicians to form “The Mamas & the Papas”.
Gallin spent most of the early years of his career as an agent, finding and booking talent. He successfully advanced his career by booking all of his clients on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” where he spent most of his time from 1962 to 1967, in addition to the variety shows “Hollywood Palace” and “Hullabaloo.” Gallin’s involvement in these three programs laid the foundation for Gallin’s extraordinary career as variety show producer, assembling television shows for Sonny and Cher, Cher, the reunion of Sonny and Cher, Donny and Marie, Mac Davis, Paul Lynde, and Dolly Parton. Gallin also produced specials for Whoopi Goldberg, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Joan Rivers, and Lily Tomlin. As a result, Gallin became known as the “king” of variety television.
Gallin moved to the West Coast and founded his own management company, Gallin & Associates, which quickly became the most influential management company in the world. Under his new company, Gallin managed music legends Dolly Parton, Cher, Neil Diamond, Olivia Newton-John, The Osmond Brothers, Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond, Mac Davis, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Patti Labelle, The Pointer Sisters, KC and The Sunshine Band and Petula Clark, Korn and Limp Bizkit. He also managed the careers of Oscar winning actresses Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellwegger, as well as super star comedians Lily Tomlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Lynde, Roseanne, Richard Pryor, Martin Lawrence, Joan Rivers, and Howie Mandell.
In 1985, Gallin and his longtime client, Dolly Parton, partnered to create the film and television production company Sandollar Productions. Four years later, the company garnered an Academy Award for their documentary “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt” and four Ace Awards for “Tidy Endings,” a 1988 HBO special which starred Harvey Fierstein. Sandollar also picked up another Ace Award in 1990 for The Whoopi Goldberg Special. The company’s films included “Father of the Bride”, “I.Q.”, “Sabrina”, and “Fly Away Home”, among others. Sandollar Television also produced the very successful series “Angel” (1999/2004), “Tourist Trap” (1998/2001), “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1992/2002), “All American Girl” (1994), and “The Dolly Parton Show” (1987). In addition, he was executive producer for several television movies, documentaries and motion pictures, including “Tourist Trap” (1998), Social Studies” (1997), “Unlikely Angel” (1996), “Fly Away Home” (1996), “I.Q” (1994), “Straight Talk” (1992), “Rhinestone” (1984), “Miracle Worker” (1979, won an Emmy) “Michael Jackson – Dangerous” (1993) and “Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton: Together” (1985). Gallin lent his talents to Broadway as well, serving as executive producer for plays such as “Monday after the Miracle” in 1982, “Hedda Gabler” in 2001/2002, and “Man of La Mancha” in 2002/2003.
After 30 years of working in the film and TV industry, Gallin left Hollywood to pursue a new venture in Las Vegas, creating Mirage Entertainment & Sports with Steve Wynn. During the year he spent in Las Vegas, Gallin created new shows, original musicals, and found and developed new talent for the Wynn hotels. Among his highlights during this time are working on the creation of Cirque du Soleil’s “O” with Franco Dragone and bringing Danny Gans to a long-term contract with the Mirage Hotel.