Jon Landau (film producer)

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Jon Landau
Jon Landau 2010.jpg
Landau in 2010
Born (1960-07-23) July 23, 1960 (age 62)
EducationUniversity of Southern California
Years active1987–present
Parent(s)Ely Landau (father)
Edie Landau (mother)

Jon Landau (/ˈlænd/) (born 23 July 1960) is an American film producer, known for producing Titanic (1997), a film which won him an Oscar and earned $2.19 billion in gross revenues, and Avatar (2009), which earned $2.8 billion. As of 2021, these are the first and third highest-grossing films of all time, and formerly held the first and second spots.

Early life[edit]

Landau is the son of Edie, a producer, and Ely A. Landau, a studio executive and producer.[1] He attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts.[2] His family is of Jewish background.[3][4]


Throughout the early '90s, Landau was Executive Vice President of Feature Film Production at Twentieth Century Fox.[citation needed]

He is best known for producing Titanic (1997), a film which won him an Academy Award and became the highest-grossing film of all time, the first ever to reach $1 billion in gross revenues. The film reached $1.84 billion, more than double the $914 million of then-record-holder Jurassic Park (1993). Titanic later went on to gross another $300 million in 2012, pushing the film's worldwide total to $2.18 billion, becoming the second film to ever hit $2 billion, as a result.[5]

In 2009, Landau and James Cameron produced the science fiction blockbuster Avatar,[6] which has since surpassed their earlier collaboration, Titanic, to become the new highest-grossing film of all time, with $2.80 billion. Avatar earned Landau his second Academy Award nomination, losing that year to The Hurt Locker.[7]


  • Florida Film Critics Circle Award – Titanic – 1997
  • Golden Globe Award – Titanic – 1997
  • MTV Movie Award – Titanic – 1997
  • Academy Award – Titanic – 1997
  • Producers Guild of America Darryl F Zanuck Theatrical Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award – Titanic – (1997)
  • Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award – Titanic – 1997
  • People Choice Award – Titanic – 1997
  • Golden Globe Award – Avatar – 2009





  1. ^ Pat Sierchio (March 1, 2010). "Producer Landau: Interpreter of Dreams". Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Appelo, Tim (20 September 2017). "Top 50 Film Schools of 2017 Ranked, From USC to Full Sail". TheWrap.
  3. ^ Postal, Bernard; Silver, Jesse; Silver, Roy (1965). "Harry Rudolph". Encyclopedia of Jews in Sports. New York: Bloch Publishing Co.
  4. ^ Pat Sierchio (March 1, 2010). "Producer Landau: Interpreter of Dreams". Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "Titanic becomes second ever film to take $2 billion". The Telegraph. 16 April 2012. Archived from the original on April 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "James Cameron & Jon Landau Land In New Zealand Ahead Of 'Avatar' Production Restart". Deadline. 1 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Oscar snubs "Avatar's" motion-capture actors". Reuters. 3 February 2010.

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