Ordesky Named to New Line Productions Post
by Eugene Hernandez
Fine Line Features chief Mark Ordesky has been named the executive vice president and chief operating officer of New Line Productions. Ordesky will work alongside the production division’s president and CEO Toby Emmerich. Fine Line is the specialty films division of New Line Cinema, part of AOL Time Warner.
Ordesky will remain based in Los Angeles, with Fine Line’s executives and acquisitions team still reporting directly to him. He will also now oversee the operations of the New Line production team.
“I have really grown up in the indie world,” Ordesky told indieWIRE on Tuesday. “It will be great to be able to bring that sort of sensibility and those experiences to this job.”
The news comes after a major year for New Line, with the success of “The Lord of the Rings,” which Ordesky shepherded for New Line. The exec brought the movie to New Line’s attention and he is an executive producer of the series. Another success story for the company has been the Oscar-nominated “About Schmidt.”
Ordesky, who began working with New Line as a script reader more than 10 years ago, was named head of Fine Line in 1997 at age 34 and has seen an increased energy at the specialty division with the recent acquisition of Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “American Splendor.” Additionally, the company just began production on the new Jonathan Glazer film, “Birth,” starring Nicole Kidman.
“Mark has made an extraordinary contribution to this company,” Emmerich said in a prepared statement. “His commitment to Peter Jackson and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy has been unwavering. He is a great executive whose energy and dedication will help ensure both the quality and success of our films as we continue to build New Line Productions’ slate.”
Asked to describe the mission of Fine Line, Ordesky explained that it “functions within the traditional arthouse world and also makes films of higher budget that are for an adult arthouse audience.” Among the highlights during Ordesky’s time at Fine Line are “Shine,” “Before Night Falls,” and “The Sweet Hereafter.”