Entertainment industry on Steve Jobs: Pixar, George Lucas, more


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George Lucas, director: ‘The magic of Steve was that while others simply accepted the status quo, he saw the true potential in everything he touched and never compromised on that vision.’

Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner chief executive: ‘The stories our company tells have been made richer by the products he created. He was a dynamic and fearless competitor, collaborator and friend. In a society that has seen incredible technological innovation during our lifetimes, Steve may be the one true icon whose legacy will be remembered for a thousand years.’


Cary Sherman, chief executive of Recording Industry Assn. of America: ‘Steve was a larger-than-life personality -- passionate about music and one of its biggest fans and advocates. He was a true visionary who forever transformed how fans access and enjoy music. With the introduction of the iTunes software and other platforms, Steve and Apple made it once again easy and accepted to pay for music.’

John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, chief creative officer and president, respectively, of Pixar Animation Studios: ‘Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply ‘make it great.’ He is why Pixar turned out the way we did, and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA.’

Robert Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum: ‘Jobs was a behind-the-scenes guy, the one who made music far more accessible than it’s ever been, more personal than it’s ever been and more portable. He allowed a brand new generation to become intimately connected to music in a way that previous generations had not. His innovations forever changed the course of popular music. …What he’s done with the iPod and the iPad rank on the same level of importance and significance as the invention of the Walkman, the cassette, even the LP and the phonograph in general. … We counted on him as a world to show us how we listen to music and how we consume it.’

Redfoo (Stefan Gordy) of the band LMFAO: ‘He dramatically changed the world by empowering us with the greatest creative tool ever known to mankind, Apple. Most everything I do in business is modeled after what he has accomplished. There won’t be a day in my life where I don’t ask myself, ‘What would Steve do?’’


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