Producer STEVE TISCH's television and film projects have
consistently focused on the lives of everyday people and the significant
impact they have made upon society. His most noteworthy achievement
is the production of 1994's Academy Award winner for Best Picture,
"Forrest Gump." Along with receiving Best Picture, "Forrest
Gump" received five other Academy Awards and also won a Golden
Globe Award for Best Picture. It remains the fourth-highest-grossing
domestic box office film of all time.
Tisch began his career in entertainment while still a student
at Tufts University. His summer jobs included being a film booker
in his family's theater chain, working for director John Avildsen
and serving an apprenticeship under director Otto Preminger.
Upon graduation Tisch became Peter Guber's assistant at Columbia
Pictures. At twenty-two he became a production executive at the
studio. In 1976, Tisch left Columbia to produce his first motion
picture, "Outlaw Blues." He met Jon Avnet during the
shoot and soon the pair formed Tisch/Avnet Productions.
Tisch/Avnet's feature projects include the sleeper hit of 1983,
"Risky Business," starring Tom Cruise in the role that
catapulted him to stardom, as well as "Deal of the Century"
and "Coast to Coast."
In 1984 Tisch/Avnet produced the telefilm "The Burning Bed,"
starring Farrah Fawcett. It holds the distinction of being the
highest-rated television film ever aired on NBC, receiving eleven
Emmy nominations and numerous other awards. Other television films
include "Silence of the Heart," "Something So Right,"
"Prime Suspect," "Homeward Bound," "No
Other Love" and "Call to Glory."
Tisch formed The Steve Tisch Company in 1986; his theatrical releases
include "The Long Kiss Goodnight," "Dear God,"
"Corrina, Corrina," "Soul Man," "Hot
to Trot," "Big Business," "Heart Condition,"
"Bad Influence" and "Heart of Dixie."
His made-for-cable movies include "Keep the Change,"
"Afterburn" and "Judgement." Other network
movies are "The People Next Door," "Evil in Clear
River" and "Out on the Edge."
Tisch was elected to AIDS Project Los Angeles' Board of Directors
in 1991 and re-elected in 1992. During his tenure, he served as
Board Chair and as Chair of the Development Committee. His financial
contributions have placed him among APLA's top donors and fundraisers.
He was recently honored with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation's Vanguard Award.
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