The work of movie or TV producer is done almost exclusively behind-the-scenes, coordinating all of the high-level activity from property acquisition and development through production to release. But for those who know of or recognize Jordan Horowitz, it is likely because they witnessed one of the happiest moments of his life, or instead perhaps the most disappointing moment of his life, televised in public for the world to see. The fact that these moments happened three minutes apart at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017 during the award for Best Picture propelled Horowitz to instant fame, as he first accepted the award for his film “La La Land”, and then stepped back to the microphone to announce that “Moonlight” had in fact won. The image of him holding up the correct winner’s card as evidence while inviting the real winners to the stage was tangible proof of his ability to take charge and be decisive in the midst of chaos. If he had not already proved himself to be executive-producer material in his short but impressive career to date, this moment would serve.
Jordan Horowitz was born and raised in Westchester, New York, not far from Grace’s hometown. He attended Northwestern University in Illinois, graduating with a degree in Communication in 2002. He spent much of his college career both on- and offstage, fostering an early passion for theatre. After graduation his impulse was to move back to New York, teaming up with a classmate to start a theatre production company. After several years of frustrating stagnation, Jordan moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and began a transition into the field of film production.
Horowitz found early success, as his first movie credit as producer was for the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning film “The Kids Are Alright” (2010), starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo. Several of the movies he produced in the next few years, such as “Save the Date”(2012) and “Are You Here”(2013) continued his penchant for using high-profile actors in thoughtful, “indie-style” films. During this time he was working in the early stages of the long and difficult process of bringing Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” to the screen.
Jordan married to Julia Hart, the director of Stargirl, 10 years ago last week and they have two children. With Hart, they founded the Original Headquarters production company and wrote “Miss Stevens” (2016) with Horowitz producing and Hart directing. It had a limited theatrical release that was shown at SXSW, where it had three festival nominations and one win. They also co-wrote “Fast Color”, with Horowitz producing and Hart directing once again. It premiered at SXSW in 2018, and is slated for a 2019 release. Horowitz also is an executive producer on the Starz television series “Counterpart”, starring J.K. Simmons.
Like his wife Julia, Jordan prides himself on finding and nurturing quieter, character-driven pieces that are mostly overlooked by formulaic studio executives. He also prides himself on working as hard as possible to fulfill the storyteller’s vision throughout the production process. For any fans of Stargirl, the prospect of this man producing the TV adaptation of “Stargirl” should put them well at ease.
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