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. With Director Antoine Fuqua, “The Equalizer 2” marks their fourth collaboration. The other three include “The Equalizer,” “Southpaw” and “The Magnificent Seven.”
Among Black’s numerous credits as a producer are “The Pursuit of Happyness,” which earned Will Smith an Academy AwardÒ nomination as ‘Best Actor,’ “The Taking of Pelham 123,” directed by Tony Scott, “Hope Springs,” starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, and “Sex Tape,” starring Cameron Diaz. Other noteworthy producing credits for Black include “Knowing” and “The Weather Man,” both starring Nicolas Cage, and “Seven Pounds,” starring Will Smith.
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.’
His most recent films with Denzel Washington include the critically acclaimed “Roman J. Israel, Esq,” that garnered Washington a ‘Best Actor’ Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the title role, and “Fences,” Washington’s third time directing. “Fences” went on to win Screen Actor Guild Awards for both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis as well as winning Viola Davis the Academy AwardÒ for ‘Best Actress.’
Black’s next film due for release in the spring of 2018 is “The Upside,” starring Nicole Kidman, Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.
Black entered the business as a casting associate after attending USC’s School of Theater. Shortly after getting out of school, he produced Michael Eisner’s “Disney Sunday Night Movies” that aired on television. 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 Business” and “Forest Gump,” among others, to form Escape Artists which 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.
Escape Artists has gone on to make movies that have grossed more than $1,000,000,000 at the worldwide box office. These films include mega hits “The Pursuit Of Happyness,” “The Equalizer,” and “The Magnificent Seven.”
Black is currently in development with “Masters Of The Universe” for Columbia Pictures and “Let Her Speak” which will star Sandra Bullock.