Jay Rifkin is a music 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 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 gold-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 1977. 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, 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 was subsequently sold to Zomba/BMG in 2001.
In 2003 Rifkin's partnership with Zimmer ended with the two filing suits against one another, Rifkin alleging that Zimmer had been trying to squeeze him out of Media Ventures Entertainment, and Zimmer filing a countersuit accusing Rifkin of embezzlement and fraud. Since 2004, Rifkin has been the sole Managing Member of Rebel Holdings, LLC.