You’re Only as Good as Your Next One: 100 Great Films, 100 Good Films, and 100 for Which I Should Be Shot

By Mike Medavoy with Josh Young
Produced and directed by Yuri Rasovsky
Read by Robertson Dean

13.30 Hours 03/01/2004 unabridged
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Mike Medavoy is a Hollywood rarity: a studio executive who, though never far from controversy, remained loved and respected through four decades of moviemaking. He helped bring to the screen some of the most acclaimed Oscar-winning films of our time, including Apocalypse Now, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Sleepless in Seattle. Of course, there are the box-office disasters, which also have a place in his fascinating memoir, a pull-no-punches account of financial and political maneuvering, of creativity stymied, and of working with the industry’s brightest star power. An eyewitness to Hollywood history in the making, Medavoy gives a powerful and poignant view of the past and future of a world he knows intimately.

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Mike Medavoy is a Hollywood rarity: a studio executive who, though never far from controversy, remained loved and respected through four decades of moviemaking. He helped bring to the screen some of the most acclaimed Oscar-winning films of our time, including Apocalypse Now, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Sleepless in Seattle.

Of course, there are the box-office disasters, which also have a place in his fascinating memoir, a pull-no-punches account of financial and political maneuvering, of creativity stymied, and of working with the industry’s brightest star power.

An eyewitness to Hollywood history in the making, Medavoy gives a powerful and poignant view of the past and future of a world he knows intimately.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A wonderfully readable book.” New York Post
“What follows are words from the heart: I cannot think of anyone who could have more faithfully chronicled the history of the movie business.” Marlon Brando
“The best book on Hollywood I’ve ever read.” Larry King
“A decent, intelligent book about a business that is often neither.” Los Angeles Times
“A revealing glimpse into the mind of the studio executive.” Washington Times
“Brisk, conversational, and intelligent writing supported by Robertson Dean’s equally intelligent and ingenuous read provides a deeply informative listen.” AudioFile
 “An engrossing exploration of what really makes Hollywood tick.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Mike Medavoy

Mike Medavoy started his career in the mailroom of Universal Studios. He became a talent agent at age twenty-four, joined United Artists, went on to co-found Orion Pictures, and then became chairman of Sony’s TriStar Pictures. In 1994, he formed Phoenix Pictures. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 13.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English