Mike Medavoy
American film producer
Mike Medavoy
Morris Mike Medavoy is an American film producer and executive, co-founder of Orion Pictures (1978), former chairman of TriStar Pictures, former head of production for United Artists (1974–1978) and current chairman and CEO of Phoenix Pictures.
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Hollywood Exec Mike Medavoy Cuts Price on Beverly Hills Mansion
Fox News - over 1 year
The 74-year-old film exec is rolling out the red carpet for buyers -- he just lowered the price of his Beverly Hills, CA, home by $2 million, to $13 million. The post Hollywood Exec Mike Medavoy Cuts Price on Beverly Hills Mansion appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
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Weekend Roundup: The WorldPost Hosts Fareed Zakaria
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
This week, The WorldPost hosted a book party in Los Angeles for CNN's Fareed Zakaria as part of the launch of his new treatise, "In Defense of a Liberal Education." He is also a member of the Berggruen Institute's 21st Century Council. Attendees included, among many others, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, financiers Steve Schwarzman, David Bonderman and Mohamed el-Erian, California State Senator Bob Hertzberg, former California Governor Gray Davis and Hollywood producers Brian Grazer, Lawrence Bender and Mike Medavoy. Economist Nouriel Roubini, essayist Pico Iyer and Harvard historian Niall Ferguson also attended. Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban sparred with Zakaria over the rights of Palestinians and the future of Israel as a democratic state. Jack Miles, editor of the "Norton Anthology of World Religions," writes in The WorldPost this week that America is losing in the Mideast because its foreign policy has been technology-fo ...
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The International Press Academy Names Ellen Burstyn And Martyn Burke To Receive Major Honors
Yahoo News - about 2 years
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Legendary actress Ellen Burstyn and journalist/ novelist/ director Martyn Burke will be on-hand to receive the most prestigious honors bestowed by the International Press Academy, the largest group of entertainment journalists to recognize accomplishments in the film, television and digital entertainment industry. Ellen Burstyn will join the ranks of Rod Steiger, Susan Sarandon, Gena Rowlands, Mitzi Gaynor, Martin Landau, Kathy Bates, Michael York, Terence Stamp, Mike Medavoy and others to receive one of the IPA's highest honors, the Mary Pickford Award for her outstanding artistic contribution to the entertainment industry.
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Antonio Banderas Says Chile's Rescued Miners Taught World 'The Value Of Life'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Actor Antonio Banderas says the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped deep underground for 69 days in 2010 taught the world a huge lesson about the value of human life. Banderas and French actress Juliette Binoche are starring in a film that dramatizes the cave-in at the mine in Chile's Atacama desert and the globally televised rescue of the miners that mesmerized millions across the globe. They met Friday with the miners and Chilean leader Sebastian Pinera at the presidential palace. The miners and cast, who also includes Brazilian Rodrigo Santoro and Irishman Gabriel Byrne, were received by hundreds of screaming fans outside the palace. "Millions of people and I include myself were glued to the TV following this story as these men held to the rocks inside that mine for nearly 70 days with the only dream of getting to see sunlight again; realizing the true importance of water, of food, the look of their children, the eyes of their wives - the value of life," Ban ...
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WATCH: J. Lo Strikes Movie Gold With New Role
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jennifer Lopez just struck movie gold. The 43-year-old singer and actress may be receiving a milestone star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, but the good news for J. Lo doesn’t stop there. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Puerto Rican star has just signed on to appear in the Chilean miner drama “The 33.” In June 2011, it was reported that producer Mike Medavoy had acquired the rights of the film based on the 2010 Chilean mining accident, in which 33 miners were trapped in the San José copper–gold mine in Copiapó, Chile. At the time, the world was captivated with rescue efforts and stories of the miners who remained underground for 69 days. Now their story is set to hit the big screen with the help of Lopez, Martin Sheen, Rodrigo Santoro, and Antonio Banderas. “One year after the collapse of the mine, we consider this to be a great step towards the realization of a film based on our experience in the mine,” Chilean miner Juan Andrés Illanes told ...
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Ross Szabo: LA FEST Uses Soccer to Bring Communities Together
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It may seem unimaginable to witness an event that brings together HIV and AIDS education in Africa, bone marrow transplants, celebrities and soccer for people of all ages. That event took place, however, Sunday at LAFEST at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. LAFEST co-founders and soccer enthusiasts Dylan Leiner and Jeffrey Saunders hosted the event alongside sports-industry power couple Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra and Grassroot Soccer Co-Founder Ethan Zohn to raise money for bone marrow and HIV awareness charities. Zohn has a way of making the impossible become possible. The winner of Survivor Africa and recipient of two successful stem cell transplants for Hodgkins Lymphoma said, "Personally it's a combination of everything that's important in my life. Soccer, entertainment, celebrity and saving lives. Nothing like this has ever happened in Los Angeles. It's a full day of soccer to benefit two charities that mean the world to me. It's literally a dream come true. We ...
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The Next 'Les Mis'?
Popeater - about 4 years
Has the success of "Les Miserables" made film audiences that much more likely to spend money on big-screen musicals? That's the hope of Phoenix Pictures CEO Mike Medavoy, who -- along with a group of producers -- is readying an adaptation of the popular musical "Jekyll and Hyde." Based on the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson, "Jekyll and Hyde" debuted on Broadway in 1997 and has been translated to over 28 languages. As TheWrap notes, he popular musical will return to the stage in April for a limited run starring Constanine Maroulis ("Rock of Ages"); the producers hope the film version is ready by 2015. “The film musical is a very strange animal,” Leslie Bricusse, who wrote the book and lyrics for the musical, told The New York Times last week. “They can bite you in the back, or they can do very well for you.” "Les Miserables" fits into that latter category. The film has earned over $282 million worldwide since its debut on Christmas Day; "Les Mis" was also nominated ...
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Shanghai film fest kicks off with honor for Mike Medavoy
LATimes - over 4 years
SHANGHAI –- The Shanghai International Film Festival kicked off Saturday night by honoring a native-son turned Hollywood producer, Mike Medavoy. Medavoy -- co-founder of Orion Pictures, producer on such films as "Black Swan," and chief executive of Phoenix Pictures -- received an Outstanding Achievement Award at the festival, applauded by the city where he was born in 1941 to Ukrainian Jewish refugees. "Shanghai has roots for me. My parents lived here for 24 years and this is the place that gave them the safety net they needed," said Medavoy, who lived in China's biggest city until he was nearly 7. Qin Yi, a silver-haired former starlet, presented Medavoy with the award. Holding the heavy-looking golden goblet, he fumbled a handshake from her outstretched hand. "The 50 years I've spent in Hollywood all started in cinemas here in Shanghai," Medavoy said, recalling the tears his late father shed upon landing at the city's airport 15 years ago on a father-son trip to the first S ...
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Neil Marshall to Direct The Last Voyage of Demeter
Movies Web - almost 5 years
Neil Marshall (Centurion, The Descent) has signed on to direct the long-delayed genre tale The Last Voyage of Demeter for Millennium Entertainment. Bragi F. Schut wrote the original screenplay over a decade ago, which expands on a small portion of Bram Stoker's original Dracula novel. The Demeter was the ship that transported the vampire from Transylvania to London, except the ship washes up on shore with only one survivor left. This story tells the tale of that voyage, where one passenger murdered the ship's crew, one by one. David Slade was the last filmmaker attached to the project, which had Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley attached to star. It isn't known if the actors are still involved, but it doesn't seem likely. Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, and Brad Fischer will produce, although no production schedule was given. The Last Voyage of Demeter comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Noomi Rapace, Ben Kingsley. The film is directed by Neil Marshall.
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Producer Mike Medavoy to shut down Phoenix Films - Mid-Day
Google News - over 5 years
Movie mogul Mike Medavoy is all set to cease his Phoenix Films in 2013 in order to spend more time with his family. Medavoy, 71, whose film production company was behind hits like Black Swan and The People vs Larry Flynt, plans to sell off the
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Mike Medavoy to shut down Phoenix Films - Deccan Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
PTI Movie mogul Mike Medavoy is all set to cease his Phoenix Films in 2013 in order to spend more time with his family. Medavoy, 71, whose film production company was behind hits like 'Black Swan' and 'The People vs Larry Flynt', plans to sell off the
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Larry Flynt - Movie Mogul Medavoy To Shut Down Phoenix Films In 2013 - Contactmusic.com
Google News - over 5 years
The film production company behind hits like Black Swan and The People Vs. Larry Flynt is to cease business in 2013 to allow Ceo Mike Medavoy to spend more time with his family. Phoenix Films boss Medavoy tells Variety he plans to sell off the
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Denise Richards - TMZ.com
Google News - over 5 years
Denise is moving into the home Charlie purchased earlier this year from movie mogul Mike Medavoy, located six houses down from where Charlie lives, in the same gated community. Our sources say Charlie and Denise are now getting along reasonably well, ... - -
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Mike Medavoy's Phoenix Pictures to close in 2 years - Reuters
Google News - over 5 years
Producer Mike Medavoy and wife Rita arrive at the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Hollywood, California January 14, 2011. By Joshua L. Weinstein LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Phoenix Pictures, the company behind "Black Swan," will shut down
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Chilean miners' story to be explored on the silver screen - The National
Google News - over 5 years
Last month, Mike Medavoy, the producer behind movies such as Black Swan and Shutter Island,has agreed to terms with representatives of the 33 miners, and Jose Rivera, the Puerto Rican writer behind The Motorcycle Diaries, is putting together the
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Great expectations - BBC News
Google News - over 5 years
Mike Medavoy, the Hollywood producer whose company made the Oscar-winning film Black Swan, has bought the rights to make a movie about the miners. Mr Medavoy grew up in Chile, speaks Spanish and appears to have a genuine affinity with the subject
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Ray Bradbury, Mike Medavoy Adapting 'Dandelion Wine' Into Feature Film - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
Ray Bradbury is joining forces with Phoenix Pictures' Mike Medavoy to produce a film version of the author's semi-autobiographical 1957 novel Dandelion Wine. The book is set in 1928 and centers on a 12-year-old boy as he experiences small-town, ... - -
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Producer Mike Medavoy Says He's Now Drawn to Stories Related to His Youth - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
LOCARNO, Switzerland -- Producer Mike Medavoy, who a day earlier was presented with the festival's Raimondo Rezzonico career prize at the Locarno Film Festival, on Wednesday reflected on the way his childhood is impacting the films he chooses to make,
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Locarno film festival welcomes Goodbye First Love - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Also in town will be Claudia Cardinale, Gérard Depardieu, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Bruno Ganz, Abel Ferrara, Kabir Bedi, Claude Goretta, Mike Medavoy, Anri Sala and Isabelle Huppert, who will receive the festival's Excellence award
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TONIGHT: Denise Richards - CNN (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
According to the Hollywood Reporter, producer Mike Medavoy (whose other production credits include "Shutter Island" and "Black Swan") has snapped up the rights to the story, and "Motorcycle Diaries" scribe Jose Rivera has been enlisted to adapt the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Medavoy
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 74
    In 2015, it was announced that he and Eric Esrailian are producing The Promise starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale.
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  • 2011
    Age 70
    In 2011, UNICEF and Oscar winner Sean Penn presented the Medavoy family a humanitarian award.
    More Details Hide Details Membership in film organizations. In 2002, Simon & Schuster published Medavoy's book, You're Only As Good As Your Next One: 100 Great Films, 100 Good Films and 100 For Which I Should Be Shot, co-written by Josh Young, which became a best-selling and was subsequently released in paperback in 2003. In 2009, Mike published American Idol After Iraq; Competing for Hearts and Minds in the Global Media Age, with co-author Nathan Gardels, editor of the National Political Quarterly.
    Also in 2011, Medavoy announced his collaboration with The Shanghai Film Group to create both a feature film and six-hour miniseries.
    More Details Hide Details The feature, an adaptation of the novel The Cursed Piano, is a love story set in Japanese-occupied China concerning prosecuted Jews seeking refuge from an occupied Europe. The mini-series, Tears of a Sparrow, will focus in greater detail on the experience of these Jews in Shanghai. He is also working on an adaptation of Dandelion Wine, adapted from the novel of the same name by Ray Bradbury.
    In 2011, Medavoy announced his newest project surrounding the 2010 Chilean mining accident that left 33 men trapped underground for 69 days.
    More Details Hide Details Medavoy will collaborate with Chilean officials and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter José Rivera to create an authentic retelling of this story that, as Medavoy explains, "at its heart, is about the triumph of the human spirit and a testament to the courage and perseverance of the Chilean people".
  • 2008
    Age 67
    In 2008, he supported Barack Obama's candidacy and his wife, Irena, served as the Co-Finance Chair of the campaign.
    More Details Hide Details He is married to Irena Medavoy, a philanthropist, activist, former model and actress and co-founder of Team Safe-T (which prepares schools in emergency situations) and a charity executive and fundraiser for the Industry Task Force. The couple have one son, Nick. (Mike has a producer son Brian Medavoy from a previous marriage). When their son, Nick (who now stands 6' 8"), was born Mike sang him 'Singing In the Rain'. Irena Medavoy writes for The Huffington Post about distorted and unrealistic female media images. The Medavoy's charity work includes C.O.A.C.H. For Kids (Community Outreach Assistance for Children's Heath, with Cedar Sinai Medical Center) for which Irena serves as Executive Vice Chairman) and which provides free medical care to inner city children.
  • 2002
    Age 61
    In 2002, Governor Gray Davis appointed him to the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center's Executive Advisory Board; he is also a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 54
    In 1995, Medavoy co-founded Phoenix Pictures.
    More Details Hide Details As its chairman and CEO, Medavoy co-produced such films as The People vs. Larry Flint, The Mirror Has Two Faces, U Turn, Apt Pupil, The Thin Red Line, The 6th Day, Basic, All the King's Men, Zodiac, Pathfinder and Miss Potter, among others. The Thin Red Line and The People vs. Larry Flint received Oscar nominations. Phoenix Pictures has produced Shutter Island and Black Swan. Shutter Island was released on February 19, 2010, earning over $42 million its opening weekend. Black Swan was directed by Darren Aronofsky and won numerous awards including the Oscar® and Golden Globe for Best Actress (Natalie Portman).
  • 1992
    Age 51
    He also actively participated in President Clinton's campaigns in 1992 and 1996.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1990
    Age 49
    In 1990, Medavoy became the chairman of TriStar Pictures where he oversaw release of films such as Philadelphia, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sleepless in Seattle, Cliffhanger, The Fisher King, Legends of the Fall and Hook.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 37
    In 1978, Medavoy co-founded Orion Pictures.
    More Details Hide Details During his tenure there, Orion released films such notable and successful films as Platoon, Amadeus, Robocop, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Terminator, Dances with Wolves, and The Silence of the Lambs.
  • 1975
    Age 34
    There, he was part of the team responsible for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rocky, and Annie Hall, which won best Pictures Oscars® in 1975, 1976 and 1977 respectively.
    More Details Hide Details United Artists made a number of other notable films at the time, including Apocalypse Now, Raging Bull, Network and Coming Home.
  • 1974
    Age 33
    In 1974, United Artists brought Medavoy in as senior vice president of production.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 26
    He became Creative Management's vice president of the motion picture department in 1967, where he worked with Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola among others and headed to IFA in 1970.
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  • 1965
    Age 24
    In 1965 he became an agent at the General Artists Corporation and later moving into the vice president position of the Creative Management Agency.
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  • 1964
    Age 23
    Medavoy began his career at Universal Studios in 1964.
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  • 1963
    Age 22
    He became an American citizen in 1963. and graduated from UCLA that same year.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Age 6
    Medavoy lived in Chile from 1947 to 1957, and he studied at the Liceo Valentín Letelier de Santiago, where he learned to speak Spanish fluently.
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  • 1941
    Age 0
    Morris Mike Medavoy was born in 1941, in Shanghai, China.
    More Details Hide Details His father, Michael, was a garage mechanic, and his mother, Dora, had a dress shop for Chinese actresses. His parents were both from Jewish families. His mother was born in Harbin, Manchuria (to parents originally from Odessa) and his father was born in Ukraine.
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