|Founded||April 2, 2011|
|Megan Ellison (Chair & CEO)|
Annapurna Pictures is an independent American media company founded by Megan Ellison in 2011. Annapurna specializes in film production, live theatre production, television through its Annapurna Television division, and video game publishing through its Annapurna Interactive division.
Annapurna Pictures was founded in 2011 by Megan Ellison as a production and finance entity focusing on high-end auteur-driven cinema.
After attending University of Southern California’s film school for two semesters, Ellison left in 2005 and traveled the world. Among her stops was Nepal, where she trekked on the Himalayan mountain Annapurna, for which her production company is named.
By 2014 Annapurna had produced and/or financed the films Lawless, The Master, Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty, Spring Breakers, The Grandmaster, Her, Foxcatcher, and American Hustle, and was starting production on Joy, Sausage Party, Wiener-Dog, 20th Century Women, and Everybody Wants Some!!.
On September 27, 2016, Annapurna launched a television production division, Annapurna Television, which is headed by former HBO executive Sue Naegle (with her label, Naegle Ink, now part of the division). In January 2017, it was reported that Annapurna Television would produce the Coen brothers' first TV project, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
In December 2016, the company announced its new division, Annapurna Interactive, to produce, develop, and distribute video games with several active projects in development, planned for release in 2017.
In January 2017, the company announced they would begin distributing films, with their first being Detroit directed by Kathryn Bigelow, set for release on August 4, 2017. They later signed a multi-year distribution deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on March 27, in which MGM will distribute all of Annapurna's films in select international territories. On April 6, the company also announced an exclusive, multi-year output licensing agreement with Hulu.
In May 2017, Plan B Entertainment and Annapurna announced a three-year production deal to partner on at least three films a year, with Annapurna handling distribution and marketing. As part of the deal, Annapurna received the rights to Adam McKay's film Vice starring Christian Bale as Dick Cheney. It was also announced Annapurna would co-distribute Brad's Status through their MGM joint venture Mirror alongside Amazon Studios. In July, the company signed a multi-year U.S. home entertainment pact with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to oversee its home releases.
Since Sony Pictures' contract to co-produce the James Bond series with MGM and Eon Productions expired with the release of Spectre, Annapurna, along with five major studios – Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Sony itself – vied to win the rights to the next film as of April 2017. It was then announced that MGM had secured the domestic, digital and worldwide television rights to the film. Universal was announced as the international distributor of the film and holder of the rights for physical home entertainment distribution.
In October 2017, Annapurna and MGM announced the formation of a U.S. distribution joint venture in which each studio would release their films individually. This marked a return to domestic theatrical distribution for MGM and an expansion of Annapurna's distribution division, with MGM releasing approximately six to eight films per year on a limited basis and Annapurna releasing four to six films per year, in a combined slate of fourteen films. While the two companies are sharing costs for the joint venture's operations, Annapurna's distribution and marketing teams will support the MGM titles, which will be distributed under the MGM banner while Annapurna-produced films will continue to be distributed under its own banner. The two studios also launched Mirror, a releasing entity that will pursue theatrical opportunities for additional third-party films. However, this partnership will not be exclusive to all MGM films, as several of them will continue to be released through existing studio partners, such as Warner Bros. and Paramount. It also does not include newly relaunched Orion Pictures and future worldwide distributor plans for the James Bond franchise, which MGM announced on "a later date", May 24, 2018, to have been won by Universal Pictures.
In February 2019, Annapurna and MGM rebranded and expanded their U.S. distribution joint venture to release both MGM and Annapurna films under United Artists Releasing, with the distribution teams of Annapurna and Orion Pictures (whose films will be added as well) joining the venture and former Screen Gems executive Pam Kunath joining as COO in addition to the heads of MGM and Annapurna joining the board of directors. The decision was made to coincide with the United Artists brand's 100th anniversary, and has plans to release 10–14 films a year through the new label, including the domestic release of No Time to Die (which marks a reunion between the UA brand and the James Bond franchise after two decades).
As production company
The company expects to release "approximately four to six films per year".
|Release date||Film title||Notes|
|August 4, 2017||Detroit|
|September 15, 2017||Brad's Status||Co-distribution with Amazon Studios|
|October 13, 2017||Professor Marston and the Wonder Women||Co-distribution with Stage 6 Films|
|July 6, 2018||Sorry to Bother You|||
|September 21, 2018||The Sisters Brothers|||
|December 14, 2018||If Beale Street Could Talk|||
|December 25, 2018||Vice|||
|December 25, 2018||Destroyer|||
|April 12, 2019||Missing Link||US distribution through United Artists Releasing|
|May 24, 2019||Booksmart||US distribution through United Artists Releasing|
|August 16, 2019||Where'd You Go, Bernadette||US distribution through United Artists Releasing|
|TBA||On the Count of Three||US co-distribution with Orion Pictures through United Artists Releasing|
Many of the films produced by the company have received widespread critical acclaim. In 2013 alone, Her, American Hustle and The Grandmaster had a combined seventeen Academy Award nominations. Commercially, results have been mixed. Some films like The Master, Foxcatcher, Joy, Detroit and Vice have failed to return their budget while ones such as Zero Dark Thirty, Sausage Party and American Hustle have grossed more than $100 million, the latter grossing more than $250 million worldwide.
|2019||Search and Destroy||Hulu||TV pilot|
|Amazon Prime Video||TV pilot|
|Soundtrack||Random Acts Productions
20th Century Fox Television
|2020||The Plot Against America||RK Films
Blown Deadline Productions
|Monsterland||Two & Two Pictures||Hulu|
|TBA||Pam & Tommy||Limelight
Point Grey Pictures
|The Staircase||HBO Max|
Annapurna Interactive published its first video game What Remains of Edith Finch on April 25, 2017. What Remains of Edith Finch received "universal acclaim" on PC and "generally positive" reviews on PS4, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic. The publisher has also provided funding and publication support for The Artful Escape by Beethoven & Dinosaur, Ashen by A44 and Gorogoa by Jason Roberts.
Annapurna Theatre produces plays and live shows on, and off-Broadway.
|2018 - 2019||Nine Night|
|2018 - 2019||Network|
|January 2019 - April 2019||Home I'm Darling|
|October 2019 - (on-going)||American Utopia||Also viewable in a film format from HBO Max.|
|2019||The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time||Also viewable in a film format from National Theatre Live.|
|2019||Fleabag||Also viewable in a film format from National Theatre Live.|
|2019 - (on-going)||The Lehman Trilogy||Also viewable in a film format from National Theatre Live.|
|2020||Death of a Salesman|
|Australia/New Zealand||Theatrical: Universal Pictures All Other Media: Entertainment One|
|Italy||Eagle Pictures/Leone Film Group|
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