Mayor John Mirisch is a 4th generation resident of Beverly Hills. John attended Hawthorne and Beverly Hills High School from K – 12. He was active in journalism and forensics (in the days when the High School still had a forensics program). After graduating from Yale University (magna cum laude) in 1985, John followed in his family footsteps by going to work in international film distribution with 20th Century Fox International.
His grandfather and great-uncle were legendary movie producers Harold and Walter Mirisch, respectively, who won or were nominated for Oscars for such timeless movies as West Side Story, Some Like It Hot, Cast a Giant Shadow, Fiddler on the Roof, In the heat of the Night and many more.
John has international business experience. John joined 20th Century Fox International, where he gained valuable experience in the worldwide distribution & marketing of films. Soon after, United International Pictures (the foreign distribution arm of Paramount, Universal and MGM) brought him on board as Managing Director in the Austria office. After five years (and record results), John then took the reins at UIP’s struggling business in Sweden. As Managing Director of UIP’s Stockholm office, John quickly turned the Swedish operation into one of the organization’s top performing offices.
John was elevated to the boards of a number of industry trade organizations as his reputation for smart production deals grew. He was tapped for the Austrian and Swedish Film Distributors’ Associations and the Swedish Academy Awards Selection Committee among others. After returning to the US, John oversaw international distribution first for IMAX and then Paramount Pictures, where he ran the international theatrical sales department.
John was elected to Beverly Hills City Council in 2009. Ever since, he has focused on returning value to residents. Most notably, he and Councilmember Lili Bosse negotiated an unprecedented deal with the Wanda Group during his tenure as Mayor. The One Beverly Hills project will generate an estimated $820 million in revenue for the City over 30 years. This is not only a win for residents; it validates John’s belief that working within the city’s planning process, rather than around it, is the path to a stronger Beverly Hills for everyone.
John is passionately committed to our schools. Because John once served on the school district’s Facility Advisory Committee, he knew how important the One Beverly Hills agreement revenue would be if the city were to continue to generously meet our school district’s needs.
Just recently, John was voted into the Beverly Hills High School Hall of Fame alongside his mother, Wendy Goldberg (herself a Horace Mann and Beverly Hills High School graduate). John will be inducted in February of 2017. John’s is a Beverly Hills schools family. His brother Richard Mirisch and sister Amanda Goldberg are also graduates!
John Mirisch not only feels his commitment to Beverly Hills as Mayor; he lives it every day as a member of our community.