Annapurna Pictures

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Annapurna Pictures
Industry Motion picture
Founded April 1, 2011; 6 years ago (2011-04-01)
Founder Megan Ellison
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Owner Megan Ellison[1][2]
  • Annapurna International
  • Annapurna Television
  • Annapurna Interactive

Annapurna Pictures is an American motion picture company founded by Megan Ellison in 2011.[3] 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,[4] formerly called Panorama Media.[5] It also produces television shows through subsidiary Annapurna Television[6][7] and develops video games under its Annapurna Interactive banner.[8]


Annapurna Pictures is named after Mount Annapurna in Nepal, which was explored by Ellison on a visit to Nepal.[9]

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).[10] On January 10, 2017, it was reported that Annapurna Television would produce the Coen brothers' first TV series, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.[11] 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.[12][13]

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.[14] They later signed a multi-year distribution deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on March 27th, in which MGM will distribute all of Annapurna's films in select international territories.[15][16][17] On April 6th, the company also announced an exclusive, multi-year output licensing agreement with Hulu.[18][19][20]

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 Cheney starring Christian Bale as Dick Cheney.[21] It was also announced Annapurna would co-distribute Brad's Status alongside Amazon Studios.[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 – MGM and Eon are only offering a one-film contract.[23]


As production company[edit]

Year Film title Director Gross (worldwide) Notes
2012 Lawless John Hillcoat $53.7 million[24] co-production with The Weinstein Company
The Master Paul Thomas Anderson $28.3 million[25] co-production with The Weinstein Company
Killing Them Softly Andrew Dominik $37.9 million[26] co-production with The Weinstein Company
Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow $132.8 million[27] co-production with Columbia Pictures
2013 Spring Breakers Harmony Korine $31.7 million[28] co-production with A24
The Grandmaster Wong Kar Wai $64.1 million[29] co-production with The Weinstein Company
Her Spike Jonze $47.4 million[30] co-production with Warner Bros.
American Hustle David O. Russell $251.2 million[31] co-production with Columbia Pictures and Atlas Entertainment
2014 Foxcatcher Bennett Miller $13.6 million[32] co-production with Sony Pictures Classics
2015 Joy David O. Russell $101.1 million[33] co-production with 20th Century Fox
2016 Everybody Wants Some!! Richard Linklater $4.6 million[34] co-production with Paramount Pictures[35]
Wiener-Dog Todd Solondz $716,633[36] co-production with Amazon Studios, IFC Films and Killer Films[37]
Sausage Party Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan $140.7 million[38] co-production with Columbia Pictures, Point Grey Pictures, and Nitrogen Studios[39]
20th Century Women Mike Mills $5.6 million[40] produced by; distributed by A24
2017 The Bad Batch Ana Lily Amirpour $6 million produced by; distributed by NEON
Downsizing Alexander Payne produced by; distributed by Paramount Pictures
Phantom Thread Paul Thomas Anderson co-production with Focus Features and Ghoulardi Film Company
2018 Isle of Dogs Wes Anderson co-production with Indian Paintbrush, American Empirical Pictures, and Scott Rudin Productions; distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Gringo Nash Edgerton co-production with Blue-Tongue Films, Denver and Delilah Productions, and Picrow; distributed by Amazon Studios and STX Entertainment
Where'd You Go, Bernadette Richard Linklater co-production with Color Force

As distributor[edit]

Year Film title Director Gross (worldwide) Notes
2017 Detroit Kathryn Bigelow co-production with First Light Productions and Page 1
Brad's Status Mike White co-distribution with Amazon Studios
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Angela Robinson
Death Wish Eli Roth co-production with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
2018 The Sisters Brothers Jacques Audiard
The Little Vampire 3D Richard Claus
Where'd You Go, Bernadette Richard Linklater


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.[41][42]

Video games[edit]

Annapurna Interactive published its first video game What Remains of Edith Finch on April 25th, 2017. What Remains of Edith Finch received "universal acclaim" on PC and "generally positive" reviews on PS4, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[43] The publisher has also providing funding and publication support for The Artful Escape by Beethoven & Elephant.[44]

International distributors[edit]

Country Distributor Years
Asia Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 2017–present
Australia/New Zealand Entertainment One 2017–present
Benelux Entertainment One 2017–present
Canada Entertainment One 2017–present
Central Europe Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 2017–present
Germany Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 2017–present
Latin America Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 2017–present
Middle East Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 2017–present
Scandinavia Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 2017–present
Spain Entertainment One 2017–present
UK Entertainment One 2017–present


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