Medavoy not going into politics

TriStar chairman Mike Medavoy said yesterday that he’s bullish on building the studio’s 1993-94 production schedule and has no plans or aspirations to enter into the federal government under President-elect Bill Clinton.

Medavoy was one of Clinton’s first key supporters, championing the Arkansas governor three to four months before Clinton announced his presidential bid.

Medavoy’s involvement in the campaign sparked speculation that he would angle out of the TriStar chairman’s office and into public service if Clinton were elected.

But Medavoy responded yesterday with a flat “no” when asked whether he would take a job in the Clinton Administration.

Medavoy and Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Peter Guber were in Little Rock Tuesday to participate in the celebration of Clinton’s election.

“The real reason a lot of us get involved in this kind of endeavor is because we want to see our children and other people’s children in a better place,” Medavoy said.

Yesterday morning, Medavoy drove from Los Angeles Intl. Airport directly to the TriStar offices to “get back to the process of making movies.”

The studio currently suffers from a shortfall of product in part created by the financial troubles of Carolco Pictures, which provided TriStar with “Total Recall” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

Early this summer, Medavoy said the studio would have a slate of projects to meet company plans to distribute at least 12 movies in 1993.

He has since greenlighted Mike Myers-starrer “I Married an Ax Murderer,” director Jonathan Demme’s “Philadelphia” (aka “People Like Us”), the football pic “Rudy” and Woody Allen’s “Manhattan Murder Mystery.”

Medavoy has balanced politics and movies in the past, having previously served as co-chairman for Sen. Gary Hart’s 1984 presidential political campaign.

In 1988, Medavoy remained less involved in presidential politics in order to focus on his job at Orion Pictures.

Medavoy had no comment on his wife’s status in the Clinton Administration.

Patricia Duff-Medavoy, a prominent activist and founding member of the political-action group Show Coalition, hosted the three-day American Community Summit this year.

Duff-Medavoy said she has received no offers and is not actively seeking a post in the new administration “but will continue to support Bill in whatever way” she can.

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