TVFilmRights.com delivers exclusive conversations with key industry executives to enhance our knowledge and strategies as Creators and Producers in our marketplace.
TVFilmRights.com is priviliged to share with you our exclusive interview with legendary film Producer, and 2011 Oscar Nominee for Best Picture (“Black Swan”), Mike Medavoy of Phoenix Pictures.
Medavoy’s success in film spans decades, leaving his fingerprint on many of our time’s most celebrated movies, including 7 Best Pictures Oscar Winners. While serving as Head of Production for United Artists, he was part of the team responsible for “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Rocky”, and “Annie Hall”. Also under his guidance at UA were “Apocalypse Now”, “Raging Bull”, “Network”, and “Coming Home”. Following his brilliant tenure at UA, he Co-Founded Orion Pictures and spearheaded the release of award winning films, such as “Platoon”, “Amadeus”, “Dances with Wolves”, and “The Silence of the Lambs”.
His midas touch continued as Chairman of TriStar Pictures where he oversaw the release of even more critically aclaimed films, including, “Philadelphia”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, “The Fisher King”, “Legends of the Fall”, and “Hook”.
In 1995, Medavoy launched Phoenix Pictures. As Chairman and CEO he delivered to audiences “The People vs. Larry Flynt”, “The Mirror Has Two Faces”, “U-Turn”, “Apt Pupil”, “The Thin Red Line”, “The 6th Day”, “All The King’s Men”, “Zodiac”, “Pathfinder” and “Miss Potter”, among others. Most recently, Phoenix Pictures released “Shutter Island”, (directed by Martin Scorcese and starring Leonardo Di Caprio), as well as “Black Swan”, which garnered a Best Picture Oscar Nomination for Medavoy and team, and an Oscar Winning Best Actress performance from Natalie Portman..
Mr. Medavoy joined Scott Manville at TVFilmRights.com for a brief chat about film producing, story, and his newest projects that hold a personal connection for this iconic Producer.
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TVFilmRights.com has the rare opportunity to share a fun conversation with Mr. Joel Gotler, perhaps one of the Industry’s most respected and omnipresent Literary Managers and Producers of book-to-screen adaptations for film and television. As head of the Intellectual Property Group (IPG), he represents an extensive slate of award-winning written properties that have been produced as critically acclaimed projects for film and television. Some of the projects he has brought to fruition and represents, include; “L.A. Confidential”, “The Black Dahlia”, “Angela’s Ashes”, “The Untouchables”, “Chocolat”, “The House of Sand and Fog”, “Dangerous Minds”, and “Indecent Proposal”, as well a countless other notables.
IPG’s production arm, Stone Village Pictures, led by Mr. Gotler, is currently in development and pre-production on numerous feature films, including “Rififi”, starring Al Pacino, and directed by Harold Becker (“One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”). Also on deck is the adaptation of New York Times Bestseller, “True Believer” by Nicholas Sparks (“The Notebook”).
A veteran of the industry, he provides a surprising bit of advice for screenwriters, and shares his thoughts on why audiences are addicted to films based on true stories.
- Joel Gotlerr
Producer Intellectual Property Group
Stone Village Pictures
TVFilmRights.com welcomes Clare Wise, Executive Vice President of International Production at Universal Pictures International, for an exclusive interview in our continuing series, “Talking TV/Film Rights”.
Ms. Wise manages and oversees the production and creative team, and all the productions and production relationships in Brazil, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, South Korea, China and Rest-Of-World for Universal Pictures International (UPI). She, along with UPI, co-produced with The Weinstein Company the Oscar nominated Quentin Tarantino film, “Inglorious Bastards”.
She brings to us an understanding of the global movie-making market from conception to production, and the process of producing for a major Studio. We, along with the Producers, Writers, Publishers and Agents at TVFilmRights.com thank her for sharing her time and experiences with us.
- Clare Wise
Executive Vice President
Universal Pictures International
For those of you with great stories- be they books, scripts, true stories, or other, Brandy Rivers is a person you want to know. As Manager and Production Executive for Magnet Entertainment, she handles both film makers and literary talent, as well as spearheading original projects from development through production. Ms. Rivers brings an elite history of experience having worked with some of our industry’s most prolific Producers at Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Summit Entertainment.
We’re privileged to have her share her thoughts and insight with our members and friends at the TV/Film Rights Marketplace.
- Brandy Rivers