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Annapurna Pictures, LLC
FoundedApril 2, 2011; 7 years ago (2011-04-02)
FounderMegan Ellison
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California, United States
Key people
Larry Ellison (Chairman & CEO)
OwnerLarry Ellison[1]

Annapurna Pictures is an American motion picture company founded by Megan Ellison in 2011.[2] 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,[3] formerly called Panorama Media.[4] It also produces television shows through subsidiary Annapurna Television[5][6] and publishes video games under its Annapurna Interactive arm.[7]


Annapurna Pictures is named after Mount Annapurna in Nepal, itself named after the Hindu goddess Annapurna. Ellison visited Mount Annapurna on a trip to Nepal.[8]

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).[9] On January 10, 2017, it was reported that Annapurna Television would produce the Coen brothers' first TV project, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.[10] 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.[11][12]

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.[13] 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.[14][15][16] On April 6, the company also announced an exclusive, multi-year output licensing agreement with Hulu.[17][18][19]

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.[20] It was also announced Annapurna would co-distribute Brad's Status through their MGM joint venture Mirror alongside Amazon Studios.[21] 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.[22]

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.[23]

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).[24][25][26][27][28][29][30]

In October 2018, Annapurna signed a music publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music, which will administer the studio's film and TV compositions and scores.[31]


As production company[edit]

Year Film title Director Gross (worldwide) Notes
2012 Lawless John Hillcoat $53.7 million[32] co-production with The Weinstein Company
The Master Paul Thomas Anderson $28.3 million[33] co-production with The Weinstein Company
Killing Them Softly Andrew Dominik $37.9 million[34] co-production with Plan B Entertainment; distributed by The Weinstein Company
Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow $132.8 million[35] co-production with Columbia Pictures
2013 Spring Breakers Harmony Korine $31.7 million[36] co-production with Muse Productions; distributed by A24
The Grandmaster Wong Kar-wai $64.1 million[37] co-production with Block 2 Pictures, Jet Tone Films, Sil-Metropole Organization, and Bona International Film Group
Her Spike Jonze $47.4 million[38] co-production with Warner Bros.
American Hustle David O. Russell $251.2 million[39] co-production with Columbia Pictures and Atlas Entertainment
2014 Foxcatcher Bennett Miller $13.6 million[40] co-production with Sony Pictures Classics
2015 Joy David O. Russell $101.1 million[41] co-production with 20th Century Fox
2016 Everybody Wants Some!! Richard Linklater $4.6 million[42] co-production with Paramount Pictures[43]
Wiener-Dog Todd Solondz $716,633[44] co-production with Amazon Studios, IFC Films and Killer Films[45]
Sausage Party Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan $140.7 million[46] co-production with Columbia Pictures, Point Grey Pictures, and Nitrogen Studios[47]
20th Century Women Mike Mills $5.6 million[48] 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[49]
If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins co-production with Plan B Entertainment and Pastel Productions[50]
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[51]
TBA Booksmart Olivia Wilde [52]
A House in the Sky Garth Davis [53]
Untitled John Brinkley Biopic Richard Linklater [54]
The True American Pablo Larraín [55]
A Christmas Carol Bennett Miller [56]
Klown TBA [57]
Waco Jaume Collet-Serra co-production with Page 1[58]
Bad Behavior Karyn Kusama co-production with LocaBella Productions[59]
Landscape with Invisible Hand TBA co-production with Plan B Entertainment[60]
Untitled Miranda July project Miranda July co-production with Plan B Entertainment[61]

As distributor[edit]

The company expects to release "approximately four to six films per year".[62]

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[63][64]
2018 March 2, 2018 Death Wish Eli Roth $41.4 million International distributor only. Co-distribution with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[65]
July 6, 2018 Sorry to Bother You Boots Riley $16.3 million [66][67]
September 21, 2018 The Sisters Brothers Jacques Audiard [68]
November 23, 2018 Creed II Steven Caple Jr.[69] International distributor only. Co-distribution with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[65]
December 14, 2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins [70]
December 14, 2018 Vice Adam McKay [71][67]
December 25, 2018 Destroyer Karyn Kusama [72]
2019 March 1, 2019 Fighting with My Family Stephen Merchant International distributor only. Co-distribution with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[65]
March 22, 2019 Where'd You Go, Bernadette Richard Linklater [65]
March 29, 2019 Untitled Babak Anvari project Babak Anvari [73][67]
May 10, 2019 The Hustle Chris Addison International distributor only. Co-distribution with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[65]
Valley Girl Rachel Goldenberg International distributor only. Co-distribution with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[65]
Booksmart Olivia Wilde [74]
Untitled Miranda July project Miranda July [75]
2020 February 14, 2020 Bond 25 Cary Fukunaga Co-distribution with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the US only. International distribution handled by Universal Pictures.[76]
TBA Waco Jaume Collet-Serra [58]
Landscape with Invisible Hand Sam Mendes US distribution only, Co-production with Plan B Entertainment.[60]


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.[77][78]

Video games[edit]

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.[79] The publisher has also provided funding and publication support for The Artful Escape by Beethoven & Dinosaur,[80] Ashen by Aurora44 and Gorogoa by Jason Roberts.

International distributors[edit]

Country Distributor Years
Asia Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 2017–present
Australia/New Zealand Entertainment One
Central Europe Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
France Mars Distribution[81]
Germany Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Italy Eagle Pictures/Leone Film Group[81]
Japan Longride[81]
Middle East Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Spain Entertainment One
United Kingdom

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