10 Producers Who Will Change Hollywood in 2012

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Teddy Schwarzman

Having trained as a lawyer and then served as an apprentice in the packaging department of Cinetic Media, Teddy Schwarzman impressed his colleagues with his willingness to learn the fundamentals, despite being a son of privilege — his father is the Blackstone Group billionaire Stephen Schwarzman.

Last year, Schwarzman founded Black Bear Pictures, and already he’s drawn an impressive list of talent, including Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones for the upcoming “Broken City,” as well as Jeremy Renner for the slated “King of Heists.”

In addition, he’s teamed with other producers (including Before the Door Pictures) on “All Is Lost,” starring Robert Redford.

What Others Say: “Teddy decided he wanted to be a producer, and he was very methodical in acquiring the building blocks in order to optimize his natural talents,” John Sloss, head of Cinetic Media, told TheWrap. “He observed the financing of movies here,  and by the time he left was in a perfect position to go out and be an active producer — he was smart and pragmatic enough to realize he needed to acquire that knowledge.”

Upcoming Projects: The wry comedy “A.C.O.D.” starring Richard Jenkins should see release this year, while “Broken City” is in post-production, and “All Is Lost” is in pre-production. An untitled drama from Iranian director Ramin Bahrani (“Chop Shop”), cited by Roger Ebert as the filmmaker of the decade in 2009, stars Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron and should appear this year.

– Fred Schruers

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