Mark Ordesky – Executive Produced over 60 films while at New Line Cinema, including the company’s first Best Picture nominee (SHINE), its first Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Lars von Trier’s DANCER IN THE DARK, and the most-nominated film in history to win every Oscar for which it was tapped, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING . All three LORD OF THE RINGS films were nominated for Best Picture. THE RETURN OF THE KING won Best Picture, along with ten other Oscars including Best Director. Collectively, films Ordesky has championed and acquired have grossed $3.75 billion at the worldwide box office. As Executive Producer of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Ordesky was the trilogy’s primary advocate at New Line. He spent over five years supervising its development, production, and post-production. As President of Fine Line Features, New Line’s specialty film division, Ordesky championed and distributed the work of film icons such as Woody Allen (DECONSTRUCTING HARRY), David Mamet (STATE AND MAIN) and Bernardo Bertolucci (BESIEGED), as well as groundbreaking cinema from up-and-comers such as Julian Schnabel (BEFORE NIGHT FALLS) and Atom Egoyan (THE SWEET HEREAFTER). In 1996, Ordesky helped successfully introduce Jackie Chan to U.S. audiences with the breakout hit RUMBLE IN THE BRONX. In the years that followed, Ordesky grew New Line’s relationship with Jackie through a series of Hong Kong acquisitions (FIRST STRIKE, MR. NICE GUY, and THUNDERBOLT).
In 1998, New Line parlayed this relationship into the RUSH HOUR franchise (also starring Chris Tucker). The three films in the series collectively grossed $850 million at the worldwide box office. Ordesky graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in print journalism. He is a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity, and earlier this year was honored with its Walter Cronkite Congressional Award.