Mike Medavoy’s highlight reel

Milestones in the producer's career, life

Born Jan. 21 in Shanghai, where he lives until the age of 7 before moving to Santiago, Chile, for next 10 years.

Graduates from UCLA.

Begins his showbiz career in the mail room of Universal Studios.

After a stint at the Bill Robinson agency, becomes an agent at the General Artist Corp. before becoming VP at the Creative Management Agency, where he reps such clients as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola.

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Joins Intl. Famous Agency as VP of its motion picture dept., repping clients such as Terrence Malick, Michelangelo Antonioni, Karel Reisz, Philip Kaufman, Monte Hellman, Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Gene Wilder, Robert Mulligan, George Cukor, Michael Crichton, Tony Richardson, Jean Moreau and Leslie Caron.

Segues to United Artists as senior VP of production; shepherds such films as “Network,” “Raging Bull,” “Apocalypse Now” and three Oscar best pic winners: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Annie Hall” and “Rocky.”

In the wake of Transamerica’s acquisition of UA, Medavoy joins Arthur Krim, Eric Pleskow and Robert Benjamin to form Orion Pictures, releasing such pics as “Amadeus,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “The Terminator” and Oscar best pic winners “Platoon,” “Dances With Wolves” and “Silence of the Lambs.”
Becomes one of the original founding members of the board of governors of the Sundance Institute.

Joins Sen. Gary Hart’s campaign for president as co-finance chair.

Becomes chairman of TriStar Pictures, overseeing the release of “Philadelphia,” “T2,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “The Fisher King” and “Legends of the Fall.”

Awarded Pioneer of the Year by the Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation.

Joins the American Cinematheque’s board of directors as co-chair.

Forms Phoenix Pictures as chairman and CEO with Sony Pictures Entertainment exec Arnie Messer, and an initial slate that includes “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “The People Vs. Larry Flynt”; subsequent projects include “The Thin Red Line,” “Shutter Island” and “Black Swan.”

Receives lifetime achievement award at Cannes Film Festival.

Receives the inaugural Fred Zinnemann Award, presented by the Anti-Defamation League.

Simon & Schuster publishes Medavoy’s industry memoir, “You’re Only as Good as Your Next One.”

Named one of the co-executors of Marlon Brando’s estate in the wake of the actor’s death; continues to preside over the Brando label, marlonbrando.com.

Receives the Producers Guild of America Visionary Award as well as the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and Producers Guild of America Vision Award.

Medavoy’s second book, “American Idol After Iraq; Competing for Hearts and Minds in the Global Media Age,” co-authored by Nathan Gardels, is published.

Receives first Oscar nomination as co-producer of “Black Swan”; wins an Independent Spirit Award for best feature.

Locarno Film Festival awards Medavoy the Raimondo Rezzonico Prize.

Sources: Wikipedia; Internet Movie Database; Phoenix Pictures; American Friends of Hebrew U.

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