Until as recently as two years ago, Megan Ellison was chiefly seen as a businessman’s daughter: her dad is Larry Ellison, software guru and the third-wealthiest man in America. Had it not been for her background, the 29-year-old might just be another college dropout dreaming of a movie career. But Ellison used her wealth to produce films – good films – and she’s now a key player in a cultural shift in Hollywood.
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While the major film studios have sought refuge in safe-bet remakes, prequels and sequels, the heiress has financed unusual, courageous cinema with medium budgets but big stars. Kathryn Bigelow’s box-office smash Zero Dark Thirty, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Scientology epic The Master and Harmony Korine’s punk/Disney crossover Spring Breakers wouldn’t exist were it not for the young producer. Ellison doesn’t give interviews; she only communicates with the public via cat photos and snappy tweets. She knows what the future’s about.
Ellison, the founder of Annapurna Pictures, is behind a variety of big-screen offerings, from Her to American Hustle.