Jon Landau
Head and shoulders images of Jon Landau looking to right of camera at 2022 press conference in Tokyo
Landau in 2022
Born (1960-07-23) July 23, 1960 (age 63)[1]
EducationUniversity of Southern California
Years active1987–present

Jon Landau (/ˈlænd/; born July 23, 1960)[1] is an American film producer, known for producing Titanic (1997), Avatar (2009) and Avatar: The Way of Water (2022), which earned $2.19 billion, $2.9 billion and $2.3 billion respectively. As of 2023, these are three of the four highest-grossing films of all time.

Early life

Landau is the son of Edie, a producer, and Ely A. Landau, a studio executive and producer.[2] He attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts.[3] Landau is Jewish.[4][2]


Throughout the early 1990s, Landau was executive vice president of feature film production at Twentieth Century Fox.[5]

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.[6]

In 2009, Landau and James Cameron produced the science fiction blockbuster Avatar,[7] which has since surpassed their earlier collaboration, Titanic, to become the new highest-grossing film of all time, with $2.92 billion. Avatar earned Landau his second Academy Award nomination. The Hurt Locker.[8]






  1. ^ a b "Jon Landau". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 February 2023.
  2. ^ a b Pat Sierchio (March 1, 2010). "Producer Landau: Interpreter of Dreams". Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Appelo, Tim (20 September 2017). "Top 50 Film Schools of 2017 Ranked, From USC to Full Sail". TheWrap.
  4. ^ Postal, Bernard; Silver, Jesse; Silver, Roy (1965). "Harry Rudolph". Encyclopedia of Jews in Sports. New York: Bloch Publishing Co.
  5. ^ "Jon Landau has been named senior vice..." Los Angeles Times. 14 February 1990. Archived from the original on January 18, 2024.
  6. ^ "Titanic becomes second ever film to take $2 billion". The Telegraph. 16 April 2012. Archived from the original on April 16, 2012.
  7. ^ "James Cameron & Jon Landau Land In New Zealand Ahead Of 'Avatar' Production Restart". Deadline. 1 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Oscar snubs "Avatar's" motion-capture actors". Reuters. 3 February 2010.