|Founded||April 2, 2011|
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Larry Ellison (Chairman & CEO)|
Annapurna Pictures is an American motion picture company founded by Megan Ellison in 2011. It specializes in film production, television production, video game development, distribution, marketing, and finance.
Annapurna invests in finance and sales through its subsidiary Annapurna International, formerly called Panorama Media. It also produces television shows through subsidiary Annapurna Television and publishes video games under its Annapurna Interactive arm.
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). On January 10, 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 announced a three-year production deal with Annapurna Pictures 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 upcoming 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, who will be overseeing 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 Studios, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Sony itself are vying to win the rights to the next film as of April 2017.
In October 2017, Annapurna and MGM announced the formation of a US distribution joint venture in which each studio would release their films individually. This marks 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 will share 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 (although this was just for international distribution. The film will be distributed in the United States under the joint-venture).
As production company
|Year||Film title||Director||Gross (worldwide)||Notes|
|2012||Lawless||John Hillcoat||$53.7 million||co-production with The Weinstein Company|
|The Master||Paul Thomas Anderson||$28.3 million||co-production with The Weinstein Company|
|Killing Them Softly||Andrew Dominik||$37.9 million||co-production with Plan B Entertainment; distributed by The Weinstein Company|
|Zero Dark Thirty||Kathryn Bigelow||$132.8 million||co-production with Columbia Pictures|
|2013||Spring Breakers||Harmony Korine||$31.7 million||co-production with Muse Productions; distributed by A24|
|The Grandmaster||Wong Kar-wai||$64.1 million||co-production with Block 2 Pictures, Jet Tone Films, Sil-Metropole Organization, and Bona International Film Group|
|Her||Spike Jonze||$47.4 million||co-production with Warner Bros.|
|American Hustle||David O. Russell||$251.2 million||co-production with Columbia Pictures and Atlas Entertainment|
|2014||Foxcatcher||Bennett Miller||$13.6 million||co-production with Sony Pictures Classics|
|2015||Joy||David O. Russell||$101.1 million||co-production with 20th Century Fox|
|2016||Everybody Wants Some!!||Richard Linklater||$4.6 million||co-production with Paramount Pictures|
|Wiener-Dog||Todd Solondz||$716,633||co-production with Amazon Studios, IFC Films and Killer Films|
|Sausage Party||Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan||$140.7 million||co-production with Columbia Pictures, Point Grey Pictures, and Nitrogen Studios|
|20th Century Women||Mike Mills||$5.6 million||produced by; distributed by A24|
|2017||The Bad Batch||Ana Lily Amirpour||$180,851||produced by; distributed by Neon|
|Detroit||Kathryn Bigelow||$24.1 million||co-production with First Light Productions and Page 1|
|Phantom Thread||Paul Thomas Anderson||$44.5 million||co-production with Focus Features and Ghoulardi Film Company|
|2018||The Sisters Brothers||Jacques Audiard||co-production with Why Not Productions and Page 114 Productions|
|If Beale Street Could Talk||Barry Jenkins||co-production with Plan B Entertainment and Pastel Productions|
|The Ballad of Buster Scruggs||Joel Coen & Ethan Coen||N/A||co-production with Netflix|
|Vice||Adam McKay||co-production with Plan B Entertainment and Gary Sanchez Productions|
|2019||Where'd You Go, Bernadette||Richard Linklater||co-production with Color Force|
|Missing Link||Chris Butler||co-production with Laika|
|A House in the Sky||Garth Davis|||
|Untitled John Brinkley Biopic||Richard Linklater|||
|The True American||Pablo Larraín|||
|A Christmas Carol||Bennett Miller|||
|Waco||Jaume Collet-Serra||co-production with Page 1|
|Bad Behavior||Karyn Kusama||co-production with LocaBella Productions|
|Landscape with Invisible Hand||TBA||co-production with Plan B Entertainment|
|Untitled Miranda July project||Miranda July||co-production with Plan B Entertainment|
The company expects to release "approximately four to six films per year".
|Year||Release date||Film title||Director||Gross (worldwide)||Notes|
|2017||August 4, 2017||Detroit||Kathryn Bigelow||$21.2 million|
|September 15, 2017||Brad's Status||Mike White||$2.8 million||Co-distribution with Amazon Studios|
|October 13, 2017||Professor Marston and the Wonder Women||Angela Robinson||$1.6 million||Co-distribution with Stage 6 Films|
|2018||March 2, 2018||Death Wish||Eli Roth||$41.4 million||International distributor only. Co-distribution with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.|
|July 6, 2018||Sorry to Bother You||Boots Riley||$16.3 million|||
|September 21, 2018||The Sisters Brothers||Jacques Audiard|||
|November 23, 2018||Creed II||Steven Caple Jr.||International distributor only. Co-distribution with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.|
|December 14, 2018||If Beale Street Could Talk||Barry Jenkins|||
|December 14, 2018||Vice||Adam McKay|||
|December 25, 2018||Destroyer||Karyn Kusama|||
|2019||March 1, 2019||Fighting with My Family||Stephen Merchant||International distributor only. Co-distribution with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.|
|March 22, 2019||Where'd You Go, Bernadette||Richard Linklater|||
|March 29, 2019||Untitled Babak Anvari project||Babak Anvari|||
|May 10, 2019||The Hustle||Chris Addison||International distributor only. Co-distribution with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.|
|Valley Girl||Rachel Goldenberg||International distributor only. Co-distribution with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.|
|Untitled Miranda July project||Miranda July|||
|2020||February 14, 2020||Bond 25||Cary Fukunaga||Co-distribution with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the US only. International distribution handled by Universal Pictures.|
|Landscape with Invisible Hand||Sam Mendes||US distribution only, Co-production with Plan B Entertainment.|
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 and Detroit 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.
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 Aurora44 and Gorogoa by Jason Roberts.
|Australia/New Zealand||Entertainment One|
|Italy||Eagle Pictures/Leone Film Group|
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