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Black Bear Pictures has tapped Leigh Kittay as its new head of film, charged with growing the feature slate at Teddy Schwarzman’s production outfit.
Ben Stillman, who has been at Black Bear since the company’s launch, will transition from feature films, where he was senior vp, to run Black Bear’s newly created independent TV studio, Black Bear Television, as head of TV.
Kittay was most recently head of film for Noah Hawley’s 26 Keys, where she oversaw titles like Fargo and Legion.
She also executive produced Lucy in the Sky, starring Natalie Portman, and opened the way for 26 Keys to produce Paramount’s Star Trek franchise.
Black Bear president and CEO Teddy Schwarzman praised Kittay’s track record as a film producer while touting her hire. “She champions character-centric and commercial content from singular writers and directors, and I’m thrilled to welcome her to Black Bear,” he said in a statement.
“In an industry increasingly focused on churning out content, Black Bear has succeeded with its ironclad commitment to crafting films. Their belief in the power and grace of a well-told story, nurtured and allowed to flourish onscreen, is evident in their tremendous track record of films that have moved us, opened our eyes, and rocked us to our core. I couldn’t be more thrilled to join Teddy and the Black Bear team in creating a home for the essential filmmakers and stories of our time,” Kittay added in her own statement.
Black Bear also promoted Michael Heimler to head of production and finance from his most recent role as vp production and operations.
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