Megan Ellison
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United States
2018

Annapurna Pictures

Megan
Ellison

Founder

In just five years, Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures has attracted some of the most impressive talents in American cinema today and produced sizable hits in the shape of Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and David O. Russell’s “Joy” (2015). Forming Annapurna in 2011, the 32-year-old software heiress opened her door to directors with a singular vision. In 2014, Ellison became the first woman and the fourth person to receive two best picture Academy Award nominations in the same year — “Her” and “American Hustle.” But 2018 has proven a tough year, as financial difficulties forced Annapurna to jettison releases including a Roger Ailes biopic. Still, the year isn’t over, and she has potential Oscar contenders coming out, including “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Career

  • AMERICAN HUSTLE
  • HER
  • PHANTOM THREAD

Education

  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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A throng of Hollywood elite in a tent on the freezing beach gave a standing ovation when “If Beale Street Could Talk” won the best feature prize at the Independent Spirit Awards in February.Barry Jenkins also took directing honors for the film, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s classic novel that was produced by Annapurna and Plan B.Looking over the rows of boldface names, including Timothée Chalamet and Glenn Close, Jenkins singled out his absent benefactor, who was at home stricken with...

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