Academy Award-winning producer Jon Landau will serve as the principal speaker at the University of New Orleans’ spring 2016 graduation. The University will also present him with an honorary doctorate of humane letters. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on May 13 at the Lakefront Arena.
Landau, a two-time Golden Globe Award-winner, is the producer of “Titanic” and “Avatar,” two of the highest grossing films in history.
Landau earned his first producing credit on the teen comedy “Campus Man” (1987), followed by co-producing “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” (1989) and Warren Beatty's “Dick Tracy” (1990). He served as executive vice president of feature productions at 20th Century Fox. During his tenure at Fox, Landau supervised production on many films, including “Die Hard 2” (1990), “Home Alone” (1990) and its sequel “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (1992), “The Last of the Mohicans” (1992), “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993), “Waiting to Exhale” (1995) and “Broken Arrow” (1996).
In 1998, Landau and partner James Cameron won the Academy Award for Best Picture for “Titanic.” The two men also took home the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture-Drama for “Titanic” and again in 2010 for “Avatar.”
Landau has spoken to companies and institutions of higher education around the globe including Microsoft, Adobe, Bank of America, the University of Southern California—his alma mater, and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.