Born in Dallas and raised in Los Angeles, Black attended the theatre program at the University of Southern California and began his entertainment career as a casting associate. In 1995, Black became President of Motion Picture Production at Sony’s Mandalay Entertainment and managed such films as Donnie Brasco, Seven Years in Tibet, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Wild Things.
In January 2001, Black, along with his partner Jason Blumenthal, merged with the Steve Tisch Company to form Escape Artists, an independently financed company housed at Sony Pictures. Their credits include A Knight’s Tale, The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds, The Taking of Pelham 123, Knowing, and Hope Springs.
Black was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture (Drama) for the Denzel Washington-directed The Great Debaters. In addition, Black was honored with the Producer Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award for The Great Debaters and for his 2002 film Antwone Fisher. His upcoming project The Equalizer, reuniting Denzel Washington and Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, hits theaters in 2014. Escape Artists produced Sex Tape, starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, and The Business Trip, starring Vince Vaughn.