Joseph Michel Medawar is a Lebanese American financial strategist and investment-banking counselor specializing in Media, Entertainment and related industries, and a film producer.
Joseph Medawar was born in Beirut, Lebanon, into a Christian family. He immigrated to the United States in 1975 fleeing the war in Lebanon and settled with his family in Palos Verdes, California.
Over the past 25 years, Medawar has been responsible for over $500 million in financial transactions. This consisted of acquisitions, mergers, newco’s, co-production and production financing, theme parks and events, new film processes as well as biotech and medical industry financing and funding.
Mr. Medawar was also Co-chair for ADG in Los Angeles. ADG is responsible for one of the most exclusive residential development projects in the world, Beverly Park. Mr. Medawar also led the financial and investment initiatives for the new Travertine, LaQuinta Development for ADG near Palm Springs. Additionally, Mr. Medawar co-chaired several large enterprises, whose projects included Universal Studios City Walk Hollywood.
Motion Picture/Entertainment Career
Medawar launched his motion picture career producing the feature film Vendetta (1986) for Concord Entertainment. The same year, Medawar launched First American Film Capital, an independent film production company based in Culver City, California, which produced Hardbodies 2, Pretty Smart and Slaughterhouse Rock.
In 1989 Medawar formed the film development and production company ION Pictures. ION Pictures distributed the documentary Champions Forever and The Closer and produced Sleepwalkers (1992).
In 1995, Mr. Medawar, in collaboration with Prince Albert of Monaco, developed Monaco Entertainment Enterprises (MEE). From ’95 to ’97, MEE primarily focused on regional merger and acquisition investment structuring and consulting, which culminated into financing several motion pictures, events and theme park financing. MEE also acted as sponsoring development and chartering for The World Music Awards.
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