Mark Ordesky is a founding partner in Court Five, a multifaceted media company focused on developing and converting diverse intellectual property and brands into filmed entertainment for distribution worldwide.
Ordesky and his partner Jane Fleming have produced three films as Court Five. Awaiting release in 2013 is “The Frozen Ground,” starring Nic Cage, John Cusack and Vanessa Hudgens. In post-production is “EXISTS,” a terrifying new “first person” film based on the Bigfoot mythos co-produced with Haxan Films, creators of “The Blair Witch Project.” “Lovely Molly,” also co-produced with Haxan, is currently in worldwide distribution.
Prior to Court Five, Ordesky spent 20 years at New Line Cinema, during which time he acquired or executive produced over 60 films, including the company’s first Best Picture Oscar nominee (SHINE), its first major-category Oscar winner (Geoffrey Rush, Best Actor, 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. 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, David Mamet and Bernardo Bertolucci as well as groundbreaking cinema from up-and-comers such as Julian Schnabel and Atom Egoyan.
In 1996, Ordesky helped successfully introduce Jackie Chan to U.S. audiences with the breakout hit RUMBLE IN THE BRONX.