Annapurna Pictures is a film production and distribution company founded by Megan Ellison in 2011. The name Annapurna originates from a Hindu Goddess by the same name, who epitomizes benevolent abundance of nourishment. The feeding mother also has her name on a section of the Himalayas in Nepal. The company's goal is to "produce sophisticated high-quality films that might otherwise be deemed risky by contemporary Hollywood studios". Annapurna also invests in financing, production and sales entity Panorama Media, later renamed Annapurna International.
Many of the films produced by the company have received widespread critical acclaim. In 2013 alone, Her and American Hustle had a combined fifteen Academy Award nominations. In the box office results have been mixed. While some films such as The Master have failed to gross their budget, films such as Zero Dark Thirty and American Hustle have grossed more than $100 million, the latter grossing more than a quarter of a billion worldwide.