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Profile: Todd Black/Producer/ Hope Springs/ Meryl Streep

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In January 2001, Black, along with his partner, Jason Blumenthal, merged with the Steve Tisch Company to form Escape Artists, an independently financed company housed at Sony Pictures. Their first produced movie was A Knight’s Tale, starring Heath Ledger. Todd Black’s recent feature film credits include The Pursuit Of Happyness and Seven Pounds, both starring Will Smith, The Taking Of Pelham 123, directed by Tony Scott and starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta, Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Alex Proyas, The Back-up Plan starring Jennifer Lopez, and most recently the David Frankel directed film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep, Steve Carrel and Tommy Lee Jones.
He was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture (Drama) for The Denzel Washington directed The Great Debaters. In addition, Black was honored with the Producer Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award for The Great Debaters and for his 2002 film, Antwone Fisher, Denzel Washington’s directorial debut.  Born in Dallas and raised in Los Angeles, Black attended the theatre program at the University of Southern California. He began his entertainment career as a casting associate. In 1995, Black became President of Motion Picture Production at Sony’s Mandalay Entertainment and managed such films as Donnie Brasco, Seven Years In Tibet, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Les Miserables and Wild Things.  You can email your questions to 123filmeasy@gmail.com Link: www.123FilmEasy.com. Follow us on Twitter @123Film

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