Jon Landau (film producer)

Jon Landau (/ˈlænd/; born July 23, 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.

Jon Landau
Jon Landau 2010.jpg
Landau in 2010
Born (1960-07-23) July 23, 1960 (age 60)
EducationUniversity of Southern California
Years active1987–present
Parent(s)Ely Landau (father)
Edie Landau (mother)

Early lifeEdit

Landau was born in New York City, New York, 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
  • Ahmet Ertegun Award - 2020[8]





  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.
  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.
  8. ^ France, Lisa Respers. "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 inductees are..." CNN. Retrieved 2020-01-17.

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