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Date: Thursday, July 6 2017 | Time: 8am-10:45am-ish | Check In: 7:20am

THE CORRECT NEW RESCHEDULED DATE FOR THE TODD BLACK BREAKFAST IS THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2017 (NOT July 18th as previously posted)! APOLOGIES FOR THE ERROR AND ANY INCONVENIENCE. PLEASE NOTE & RSVP ACCORDINGLY. THANK YOU. SEE YOU THERE!!

TODD BLACK

Academy Award-Nominated Producer ("Fences") & Partner, Escape Artists

Todd Black

TODD BLACK

Academy Award-Nominated Producer (“Fences”) & Partner, Escape Artists

TODD BLACK is one of Hollywood’s most respected producers having worked with many of the top talent in the industry, both in front and behind the camera.

This year, Black’s “FENCES,” starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, opened to much critical acclaim and was nominated for “Best Picture” at the 2017 Academy Awards. The film is Black’s and Washington’s third collaboration as director and producer.

The prolific producer has finished work on the much anticipated “Magnificent Seven,” directed by Antoine Fuqua, which hit theaters last  fall.   Black also produced 2015’s critically acclaimed “Southpaw,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the blockbuster hit “The Equalizer,” starring Denzel Washington, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” which earned Will Smith an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor, “The Taking of Pelham 123,” directed by Tony Scott, and “Hope Springs,” starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, among many others.

Black’s long-time collaboration with Denzel Washington began when he brought “Antwone Fisher,” the screenplay he developed for ten years, to the Academy Award®-winner.  Washington decided not only would he star in the film, but he would also direct the touching drama, cementing their partnership as producer and director. When Washington stepped behind the camera to direct “The Great Debaters,” Black was again his producer. That movie went on to earn a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Drama.”  In addition, both “Antwone Fisher” and “The Great Debaters” earned the Producer Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award.

Other noteworthy producing credits for Black include “Knowingand “The Weather Man,” both starring Nicolas Cage, “Seven Pounds,” starring Will Smith, and “Sex Tape,” starring Cameron Diaz.

Black entered the business as a casting associate after attending USC’s School of Theater.  Shortly after getting out of school, he produced a Disney Sunday Night Movie.  Black next went on to produce “Fire In The Sky,” for Paramount Pictures and “Wrestling Ernest Hemingway” for Warner Bros.

In 1995, Black became President of Motion Picture Production at Mandalay Entertainment where he managed “Donnie Brasco,” “Seven Years In Tibet,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” and “Wild Things,” to name a few. A few years later, he teamed with producer Jason Blumenthal to create Black & Blu Productions.

In 2001, Black and Blumenthal joined Steve Tisch, producer of “Risky BusinessandForest Gump,” among others, to form Escape Artistswhich has a first-look production deal with Sony Pictures.  Their first film, which Black personally oversaw throughout the filmmaking process, was “A Knight’s Tale,” starring Heath Ledger.

Black and Escape Artists are currently in pre-production with “The Equalizer 2” and “Inner City” for Columbia Pictures, as well as “Untouchable” for The Weinstein Company, set to go before cameras in 2017.

 

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