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Edward Frank "Teddy" Schwarzman (born May 29, 1979) is an American film producer and former corporate lawyer. He is the founder, president and chief executive of Black Bear Pictures, whose productions include the 2014 film The Imitation Game.

Teddy Schwarzman
Edward Frank Schwarzman

(1979-05-29) May 29, 1979 (age 40)
OccupationFilm producer, lawyer
Known forFounder of Black Bear Pictures
Spouse(s)Ellen Marie Zajac (m. 2007; 3 children)
Parent(s)Stephen A. Schwarzman
Ellen Philips Katz


Life and careerEdit

Teddy Schwarzman was born in 1979 in New York City, to Stephen A. Schwarzman, the founder, chairman and CEO of The Blackstone Group, and Ellen Katz (née Philips), a trustee of Northwestern University and the Mount Sinai Medical Center.[1] His family is Jewish.[2] He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English before completing a law degree at Duke University.[1][3]

Schwarzman was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a New York–based firm, where he specialized in real estate and corporate restructuring.[1][4] He left Skadden to work in the film industry; his first job was as a personal assistant on The Other Woman, which was produced in 2009 and released in 2010. He later said of the experience: "It was one of those situations that you had to prove that you actually want to be in this business."[3] He went on to work for John Sloss's film advisory company, Cinetic Media, where he was involved in raising funds to produce the 2011 films Bernie and The Loneliest Planet.[3]

Schwarzman left Cinetic in 2011 to found his own production company, Black Bear Pictures, of which he is the president and CEO. There, the first film he produced was At Any Price (2012), followed by the 2013 films Broken City, A.C.O.D. and All Is Lost.[5] His fifth and most successful film was The Imitation Game, a 2014 biopic about Alan Turing, which he produced alongside Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky. Schwarzman bought Graham Moore's screenplay when Warner Bros. sold it in 2012, beating 30 other producers who wanted to acquire the script.[3] The Imitation Game received many accolades, including Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominations for Best Picture and Best British Film, respectively. Schwarzman, Grossman and Ostrowsky were also nominated for a Producers Guild of America Award.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Schwarzman married Ellen Marie Zajac, a New York lawyer whom he met at Duke University, in November 2007 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.[1] They have three children.[3]

Filmography as producerEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Ellen Zajac and Teddy Schwarzman". The New York Times. November 11, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  2. ^ Jewish Business News: "The Jews of Oscar" January 15, 2015
  3. ^ a b c d e "Next Gen 2014: Hollywood's New Class". The Hollywood Reporter. November 4, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "Teddy Schwarzman". Black Bear Pictures. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "Teddy Schwarzman". Variety. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "Theatrical Motion Picture, Animated Theatrical and Long-Form TV Nominations Announced" (Press release). Producers Guild of America. January 5, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2015.

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