Megan Ellison, 26-year-old daughter of the third-richest man in America, has so far refused all interview requests. Nevertheless, LA Times reporters Ben Fritz and Steven Zeitchik have managed to put together a solid profile of the moneyed indie producer, beginning with these fabulous first two paragraphs:
She’s a 26-year-old former party girl with social anxiety issues, a motorcycle-riding iconoclast who dropped out of USC and attends meetings in Led Zeppelin T-shirts.
Megan Ellison is also the most powerful new producer in Hollywood, running a burgeoning movie company from her $33 million compound in the hills above the Sunset Strip — and giving a critical boost to the kinds of adult dramas the major studios have all but abandoned.
Along with excerpts from Ellison’s Twitter feed, there are some obligatory compliments paid by industry luminaries such as ICM agent David Unger and Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pasqual. The article also includes some additional details about the aforementioned Sunset Plaza HQ from which Ellison operates Annapurna Pictures.
Update – 05/20/12: At a Saturday night party in Cannes, Ellison told Sharon Waxman of TheWrap that “yes, she has been media-shy, but says she’s been busy making movies.”