Company Overview Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 September 2009 17:10

Phoenix Pictures is one of the premiere entertainment labels in the film business, bringing quality films to audiences around the world. Led by Mike Medavoy and Arnie Messer, two of the industry’s most respected senior executives, Phoenix has established a reputation for consistently developing first-rate projects with some of Hollywood’s top creative talent.

With over 25 feature films to its credit, the company has collaborated with sought after director talents such as Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky, Oliver Stone, Milos Forman, Andy Davis, Bryan Singer and Terrence Malick, as well as some of the industry’s biggest stars, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr., Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Travolta, Ben Kingsley, Kate Winslet, John Cusack, Jude Law, Renee Zellwegger, Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Edward Norton, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Williams, Shia LaBeouf, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor, Mark Ruffalo, Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Lopez, Anthony Hopkins, Jamie Foxx, Eva Mendes, Adrien Brody, Woody Harrelson, Nick Nolte, Ian McKellen, Barbra Streisand and Jeff Bridges.

The company was formed in 1995 by Mike Medavoy and Arnie Messer, with partners including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Onex, Fremantle Media and Showtime. Phoenix ’s first three films were The Mirror Has Two Faces, directed by Barbra Streisand, two-time Oscar® winner Milos Forman’s widely acclaimed The People vs. Larry Flynt and Oliver Stone’s U-Turn. In 1997 legendary filmmaker Terrence Malick returned to filmmaking after 19 years with The Thin Red Line for Phoenix Pictures, which went on to receive seven Oscar® nominations: Best Picture, Director, Screenplay based on material previously published, Cinematography, Editing, Score and Sound. That same year, Phoenix produced Urban Legend, which was the fifth top-grossing film released by Columbia/TriStar in 1998.

Phoenix has also produced Dick, Lake Placid, directed by Steve Miner, Whatever It Takes, directed by David Raynr, Mad About Mambo, the sequel Urban Legends: Final Cut, directed by John Ottman,  Roger Spottiswoode’s The 6th Day starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Basic, directed by John McTiernan; Holes, based on the award-winning New York Times best selling children’s novel, directed by Andy Davis; In My Country, Stealth, directed by Rob Cohen, and All the King’s Men, directed by Steve Zaillian. In 2007 came the independently financed Miss Potter, directed by Chris Noonan, Pathfinder, directed by Marcus Nispel, Resurrecting the Champ, directed by Rod Lurie, License to Wed, directed by Ken Kwapis and the critically acclaimed Zodiac, by David Fincher.

Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley and Michelle Williams, will be in theaters in February 2010. Phoenix is currently completing Shanghai for The Weinstein Company, directed by Mikael Hafstrom, starring John Cusack and Gong Li, and will soon be starting on Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, Winona Ryder and Mila Kunis. Other feature films in development include a remake of RoboCop for MGM, and an adaptation of John Grisham’s best-selling novel Playing for Pizza.

Ben Anderson | Executive Vice President Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 October 2014 06:01
Ben Anderson serves as the Executive Vice President at Phoenix Pictures, where he oversees several film, television and new media projects that are currently being developed at the company.  Throughout his career, Ben has been a successful serial entrepreneur and has founded or advised several start-ups in media and fashion. Ben’s experience is bolstered by his dual graduate degree honors of having both his J.D. and MBA.
Ben is a graduate of UCLA.

Jeff Hoffman | Creative Executive Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 March 2012 11:22
Jeff Hoffman serves as a Creative Executive at Phoenix Pictures, where he manages the story department and works on a number of the films that are currently in development at the company. Before arriving at Phoenix, Jeff was a Chesterfield Screenwriting Fellow with Paramount Pictures, a Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University, and a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas, where he received his MFA in writing. His plays have been performed throughout the United States and can be found in anthologies that are published by Vintage and Samuel French. His first collection of poems, Journal of American Foreign Policy, won the New Issues Poetry Prize and was published in 2011.
Edward McGurn | Vice-President of Production Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010 14:30

EDWARD MCGURN (Producer) began his association with Mike Medavoy’s Phoenix Pictures in 2007, where he currently serves as Vice President of Production.

Prior to joining Phoenix, he worked as a line producer and as an assistant director for filmmakers such as David Ayer, Wim Wenders, and Werner Herzog.

A graduate of Yale University, McGurn was born in Paris, France.

Mike Medavoy | Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 September 2009 18:49

Mike Medavoy - Phoenix PicturesSample 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.


Arnold Messer | President & Chief Operating Officer Print E-mail
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Arnold Messer, Phoenix Pictures Inc.
A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Messer is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He launched his career in the entertainment business as senior counsel at Columbia Pictures Television in 1979.  After a stint as vice president of business affairs at Viacom International, Messer returned to Columbia Pictures where he served first as senior vice president and later as executive vice president of worldwide business affairs. In 1983, he was named senior executive vice president of TriStar Pictures and president of its telecommunications group, where he oversaw the business of theatrical production as well as all ancillary marketing and television activities for the company.
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