ward-winning studio Black Bear, who is behind lauded feature films such as I Care A Lot, The Imitation Game, Mudbound and The Rental, announced today that Arabella Flores and Dominique Grund have joined the company’s newly minted management arm. Flores will add to the current roster of marquee clients and expand Black Bear’s foothold in representing some of the premiere international writers, directors and showrunners. Grund will work across all clients at Black Bear on the management team led by Partners Keith Redmon and Joanne Roberts Wiles.
Flores comes to Black Bear from Artists First, where she spent over five years focusing on curating international creators and filmmakers with unique global perspectives, with particular emphasis on Mexican and Latin American clientele. Clients include Jesus Colmenar (“Money Heist”), Javier Gómez Santander (“Money Heist”), Assi Azar (“Baker & the Beauty”), Marcos Bucay (“How to Survive Being Single”), Sarah Farkas (“Vortex”), Eric Yoon (Time to Hunt), and Olive Nwosu (Masquerade).
Grund spent three years at ICM Partners where she worked closely with Roberts Wiles and focused in both the literary and talent departments. She is a graduate of Chapman University where she studied Theatre and Broadcast Journalism.
“Black Bear is thrilled to welcome Arabella and Dominique, smart executives who bring with them not only their incredible clients, but also exceptional taste, ethics and judgment,” said Black Bear President & CEO Teddy Schwarzman. “Both managers reinforce Black Bear’s vision that representation must be global in nature, and we are excited to have Arabella, Dom and their clients join our growing family.”
Flores and Grund join an expanding management team at Black Bear, which has quickly established one of the premiere management companies focused on writers, directors, creators and talent with a global orientation. In addition to some of the most talented artists working in the United States, Black Bear represents a diverse group of artists creating ambitious and singular work around the world, including Johan Renck, Karyn Kusama, Morten Tyldum, Jamie Dack, John Hillcoat, Cooper Raiff, Michaël Roskam, Charlie McDowell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Raine Allen Miller, Alex Pettyfer, and more. In addition, Black Bear’s ranks were recently bolstered by the addition of Philip Westgren, who joined Black Bear from Scandinavian powerhouse B Reel Films and further augments Black Bear’s representation strengths across Europe. As further evidence of its global outlook, Black Bear recently opened offices in London, where Black Bear’s international sales business – Black Bear International – and UK theatrical distribution operation, both overseen by John Friedberg, are based. Black Bear also owns a majority interest in Canada’s leading independent distribution and production company – Elevation Pictures – run by industry veterans Laurie May and Noah Segal, based in Toronto, Ontario.