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Hollywood, China & Movie Culture Wars with Mike Medavoy

vor 4 Jahren

Hollywood powerhouse impresario Mike Medavoy discusses show business culture wars, the incredible influence of China on the American movie market, and why movies aren’t politically dissident anymore. He looks back on classic films he’s been a part of--from NETWORK and APOCALYPSE NOW to PLATOON and more--and shares the trailer for the new film on the Chilean miners, THE 33. We also talk celebrity scandals (and why they don’t matter), and the unavoidable influence of the Kardashians at home and abroad in this uncensored Media Mayhem interview, hosted by Allison Hope Weiner.

Sample some of the best American films over the past thirty-five years and there’s a good chance Mike Medavoy played a role in the success of many of them. From agent to studio chief to producer, he has been involved with over 300 feature films, of which 16 have been nominated and 7 have won Best Picture Oscars®, as well as numerous international film festival awards.
Medavoy began his career at Universal Studios in 1964. He rose from the mailroom to become a casting director. In 1965, he became an agent at General Artist Corporation and then vice president at Creative Management Agency. Joining International Famous Agency as vice president in charge of the motion picture department in 1971, he worked with such prestigious clients as Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Gene Wilder, Jeanne Moreau, and Jean-Louis Trintignant.
He is currently one of the main forces at Phoenix Pictures.

Media Mayhem Full Episodes Playlist:
Media Mayhem Short Clips Playlist:

00:00 Welcome Mike Medavoy to Media Mayhem.
01:45 Medavoy’s favorite movies he made and his least favorite.
05:26 Did he know Network would be so influential today?
06:45 Is it important for a movie to stand the test of time?
09:05 Bad movies he was a part of.
10:05 How has the entertainment industry changed?
14:00 Has the Chinese market changed the film industry?
15:25 Are we trying to push our culture on China through film?
17:40 Are current war movies creating a rift between the US and the Middle East?
20:00 Movies about the Vietnam War.
23:50 Less criticism of the government and glorification soldiers in current films.
27:12 How has the media handled the war in the Middle East?
28:40 What doesn’t the media give us the facts about the war?
30:45 Video: Trailer for The 33.
33:21 Why did Medavoy choose to make The 33?
37:28 Medavoy growing up in China.
39:40 Adapting to new ways of disseminating information.
43:50 Corporations and the media.
45:05 Is television becoming the new frontier for quality content?
46:15 Woody Allen scandal how Medavoy handled it.
49:15 Should scandal effect how celebrity is treated?
51:52 Thank you and goodbye.