AMC Networks has acquired North American rights to Monsieur Spade, a one-hour drama starring Clive Owen from The Queen’s Gambit co-creator Scott Frank and City On A Hill showrunner Tom Fontana. Black Bear Television also has joined as the series’ studio and will deficit finance.
STX’s former President of International John Friedberg is joining Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear to spearhead the company’s international sales and distribution business, we can reveal. Friedberg, who we revealed yesterday is leaving STX after a seven year stint, will be President of Black Bear International, which we’re told has had substantial backing from Schwarzman.
Black Bear Pictures and New Regency today announced the launch of Double Agent, a new joint venture designed to produce and finance non-fiction content spanning all genres and formats for a global audience. New Regency’s Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer and Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman have joined forces to utilize their combined strategic expertise, financial acumen and resources to take advantage of the extraordinary growth of the audience for non-fiction and the unprecedented opportunities that now exist in the documentary marketplace.
Teddy Schwarzman, founder and CEO of independent studio Black Bear Pictures, is joining the board of directors of the Gotham Film & Media Institute (formerly IFP), while Mark D’Arcy, Facebook’s former chief creative officer, is stepping down to become the organization’s first Director Emeritus.
The Punisher and Gossip Girl writer Felicia D. Henderson is set to adapt Tracy Deonn’s YA fantasy novel Legendborn after Black Bear Television acquired the rights.
‘Free Solo’ directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin are making their narrative debut with the drama about marathon swimmer Diana Nyad.
2021 will be remembered as a year of profound change and disruption in the media business, which makes it all the more important that those in this industry who managed to stand out from the crowd are recognized.
Black Bear Pictures, the Los Angeles-based production outfit behind pics including I Care A Lot and The Imitation Game, has promoted a trio of executives.
Keith Redmon has joined Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures as a partner. He’s being tasked with heading up Black Bear Global, a newly created division which will focus on building strategic alliances and co-productions between the company and talent, production companies and partners overseas.
After making his directing debut with the thriller The Rental, Dave Franco has found his next project to helm as he has come on to direct Somebody I Use To Know for Amazon Studios. Insiders also tell Deadline that Alison Brie, Jay Ellis and Kiersey Clemons are on board to star. Brie also co-wrote the script with Franco and the film will be produced by Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and Isaac Klausner, and Black Bear’s Ben Stillman, Leigh Kittay, and Michael Heimler. Franco, Brie, Temple Hill’s Laura Quicksilver, Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman, and Bart Lipton will exec produce.