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Morris Mike Medavoy (born January 21, 1941) 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.
Medavoy began his career at Universal Studios in 1964. In 1965 he became an agent at the General Artist Corporation and later moving into the vice president position of the Creative Management Agency. Later he joined International Famous Agency as its vice president of the motion picture department in 1971. There, he worked with Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola amongst others.
In 1974, United Artists brought Medavoy in as senior vice president of production. 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. United Artists made a number of other notable films at the time, including Apocalypse Now, Raging Bull, Network and Coming Home.
In 1978, Medavoy co-founded Orion Pictures. During his tenure, Orion released films such as Platoon, Amadeus, Robocop, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Terminator, Dances with Wolves, and Silence of the Lambs.
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.
In 1995, Medavoy co-founded Phoenix Pictures. As its chairman and CEO, Mike helped produce films such as The People vs. Larry Flint, The Mirror Has Two Faces, U-Turn, Apt Pupil, The Thin Red Line, The 6th Day, Basic, Holes, All the King's Men, Zodiac, Pathfinder and Miss Potter, among others. The Thin Red Line and The People vs. Larry Flint each received Oscar® nominations.
Most recently, Phoenix Pictures has produced Shutter Island and Black Swan. Shutter Island was directed by Martin Scorsese and stared Leonardo Di Caprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kinglsey and Max Von Sydow. It was released on February 19, 2010 earning over $42 million its opening weekend. Black Swan was directed by Darren Aronofsky and starred Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, and Barbara Hershey. The film won numerous awards including the Oscar® and Golden Globe for Best Actress (Natalie Portman) as well as the Independent Film Spirit Awards for Best Feature, Best Director (Darren Arnofosky), Best Female Lead (Natalie Portman) and Best Cinematography (Matthew Libatique).
Medavoy was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles by Governor Jerry Brown and was appointed by Mayor Richard Riordan as Commissioner on the Los Angeles Board of Parks and Recreations. He is a member of the board of directors of the University of Tel Aviv. He also serves on the board of trustees of the UCLA Foundation and is a member of the Chancellor?s Associates, the Dean?s Advisory Board at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television and the Alumni Association?s Student Relations Committee.
Medavoy is the co-chairman of the Burkle Center for UCLA?s Center for International Relations and served as a member of the board of advisors at the Kennedy School at Harvard University for five years. In 2002, Governor Gray Davis appointed Mike 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. Mike is also on the Baryshnikov Arts Center Advisory Committee in New York, and serves on the board of Harvard?s School of Public Diplomacy.
In 1984, Medavoy was Co-Finance Chair of the Gary Hart campaign. He also actively participated in President Clinton?s campaigns in 1992 and 1996. In 2008, he and his wife, Irena, served as the Co-Finance Chair's of his candidacy.
In 2002, Simon & Schuster published Medavoy?s best-selling book, "You?re Only As Good As Your Next One: 100 Great Films, 100 Good Films and 100 For Which I Should Be Shot," which 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.
Medavoy was born in Shanghai, China in 1941 to Russian-Jewish parents, and lived in Chile from 1947 to 1957, where he learned to speak Spanish fluently. He graduated from UCLA in 1963. He is married to Irena Medavoy, a founder of Team Safe-T and a charity executive and fundraiser for the Industry Task Force. Mike Medavoy has two sons, Brian and Nicholas, and resides in Beverly Hills, California.
1992 Motion Picture Pioneer of the Year Award
1997 UCLA Career Achievement Award
1998 The Cannes Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award
1999 UCLA Neil H. Jacoby Award for Exceptional Contributions to Humanity
2002 Israeli Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award
2004 Florida Atlantic University's Louis B. Mayer Motion Picture Business Leader of the Year Award
2004 UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Honorary Member Award
2005 Producers Guild of America Vision Award
2005 Inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received a star on Hollywood Blvd.
2007 Stella Adler Actors Studio Marlon Brando Award
2008 Jerusalem Film Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
2009 Declared the honorary Doctorate at the Academy of Art in San Francisco
2009 Declared Chevalier of the French Government?s Legion of Honor.
2010 Bernardo O'Higgins award from the Chilean government
2011 The Locarno Film Festival Raimondo Rezzonico Prize (Rome, Italy)
Membership in Film Organizations:
Chairman of The Jury of the Tokyo Film Festival
Advisor to The Shanghai Film Festival
Advisor to The St. Petersburg Film Festival
Member of the Board of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences from 1977 to 1981
One of the original founding members of the board of governors of the Sundance Institute (1978)
Chairman Emeritus of the American Cinematheque
Chairman Emeritus of the Stella Adler Actors Studio in New york
oul of the Game (1996) (TV) (executive producer)
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (1999) (TV) (executive producer)
The 6th Day (2000)
Vertical Limit (2000) (executive producer)
In the Time of the Butterflies (2001) (TV) (executive producer)
The Outsider (2002) (TV) (executive producer)
In My Country (2004)
All the King's Men (2006)
Miss Potter (2006)
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
License to Wed (2007)
The Wildest Dream (2010) (executive producer)
Shutter Island (2010)
Black Swan (2010)