(also SKG Music, or SKG Music Group, and Spielberg Music Group) was an American record label
. Founded in 1996 by David Geffen
, Steven Spielberg
and Jeffrey Katzenberg
as a subsidiary of DreamWorks SKG
, the label operated until 2005 when it was shut down. The label itself also featured a Nashville, Tennessee
based subsidiary, DreamWorks Nashville, which specialized in country music
and was also shut down in 2005. The company's logo was designed by Roy Lichtenstein
and was his last commission before his death in 1997.
In 1996, six years after Geffen sold Geffen Records
to MCA Music Entertainment
, he joined Spielberg and Katzenberg to form DreamWorks SKG, which included the subsidiary DreamWorks Records. The label's logo was the last project completed by artist Roy Lichtenstein
. The distinctive design, incorporating musical notes in the artist's trademark "dream balloon," debuted on the packaging for "Beautiful Freak," the first album from Los Angeles-based Eels
and the second release from the record company.
Geffen Records distributed DreamWorks until 1998, when Interscope Records
took over distribution duties (meanwhile, as Interscope and Geffen switched international distribution to Polydor Records
, DreamWorks followed suit). Rufus Wainwright
was the first to be signed to the new label in early 1996. Henry Rollins
(both as a spoken-word artist and with Rollins......