A lifelong fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's novels, Mark Ordesky was an early
champion of the Lord of the Rings trilogy at New Line Cinema and, as
an executive producer of all three films, played a key role in their
production. Ordesky is currently Executive Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer of New Line Productions.
In 1997, following the acquisition of the Oscar-winning Shine, Ordesky
began his tenure as the head of Fine Line Features, where he helped
create a unique film culture supporting the efforts of the creative
community. Ordesky and Fine Line have established relationships with
such directors as Bernardo Bertolucci, Lars Von Trier, and David Mamet
and provided a haven for emerging talent such as Sundance winners
(Tumbleweeds) and Bob Pulcini and Shari Spring Berman (American Splendor).
Ordesky has also acquired such acclaimed films as Saving Grace, the
Oscar-nominated Before Night Falls, Tumbleweeds, The Sweet Hereafter and
American Splendor. His career at New Line Cinema began 15 years ago when
he developed a taste for material as a script reader. Working his way up
the ladder at the company, Ordesky did everything from managing the
company's relationship with John Waters to successfully introducing Jackie
Chan to U.S. audiences with the breakout hit Rumble in the Bronx.