Mark Ordesky

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Mark Lowell Ordesky (born April 22, 1963) is an American film producer and film studio executive. He is best known for executive producing the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Personal life[edit]

Ordesky was born in Sacramento County, California. In 1985, Ordesky graduated from the USC Annenberg School for Communication with a degree in print journalism. He was editor of the university newspaper, the Daily Trojan, and a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. In 2008, he was honored with Chi Phi's Walter Cronkite Congressional Award.

Ordesky supports the Anti-Defamation League as a regional board member and through its Entertainment Industry Committee. He is also a board member of the American Cinematheque, and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.

In 2004, he married Rachel O'Connell of Wellington, New Zealand.


During 20 years at New Line Cinema, and prior to that at Republic Pictures, Mark Ordesky acquired or executive produced over 60 films, including New Line's first Best Picture Oscar nominee (Shine), its first major-category Oscar winner (Geoffrey Rush, Best Actor, Shine), its first Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (Lars von Trier's Dancer In The Dark), and the most-nominated film in history to win every Oscar for which it was tapped (The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King).

During a five-year stint as President of Fine Line Features, a specialty films division of New Line, Mark acquired acclaimed films such as Once Were Warriors (film), Saving Grace and State and Main, as well as Oscar nominees Before Night Falls, Tumbleweeds, The Sweet Hereafter, and American Splendor.

In 1996, Mark helped introduce U.S. audiences to Jackie Chan with the break-out hit Rumble in the Bronx.

Ordesky is a founding partner with former New Line Cinema executive Jane Fleming of Court Five,[1] a multifaceted media company focused on developing and converting diverse intellectual property and brands into filmed entertainment for distribution worldwide.








  1. ^ About court five

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