Black Bear Pictures is a media company that develops, produces and finances original content for film and television. Black Bear is based in Santa Monica, California.

Since its 2011 launch, Black Bear's slate has grossed over $300,000,000 worldwide, been nominated for thirteen Academy Awards, nine Golden Globes, ten BAFTAs, and premiered at such prestigious festivals at Cannes, Sundance, Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York, and London.

In 2013, Black Bear entered an output deal with the newly established Elevation Pictures, an independent film and TV distribution company in Canada.[1] In 2023, Black Bear was launched as a primary distributor (Black Bear UK) in the United Kingdom, starting with Dumb Money (2023).[citation needed]


The founder is Teddy Schwarzman, a film producer and former corporate lawyer who left Cinetic Media to establish his own production company.



  1. ^ Punter, Jennie (2013-09-13). "Toronto: New Canadian Distribution Shingle Inks Deal with Black Bear". Variety. Archived from the original on 2014-09-07. Retrieved 2014-09-06.