Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures has announced today that producer Jonathan Gordon, a longtime David O. Russell collaborator and Oscar nominee for "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle," will join the company as President of Production.
Gordon, an independent who has presided over production at Universal and at the Weinsteins' Miramax, cut his producer's teeth with Gus Van Sant's 1997 "Good Will Hunting." He has worked closely with a number of top-drawer directors including Russell, James Gray, Kevin Smith and George Clooney on Oscar-nominated productions.
Since its inception in 2013, Annapurna has received 17 Academy Award nominations, and founder Ellison became the first woman to have two Best Picture nominations in the same year ("Hustle" and "Her" in 2014). Earlier this month in Cannes, she shook up the Croisette with her rebranded foreign sales arm, and with Best Director winner Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher."