Ben Nearn, a former Ernst & Young accountant, left a twelve-year career as an investment banker to co-found Cross Creek Pictures. During his tenure as CFO and COO, Cross Creek Pictures produced Darren Aronofsky's Academy Award-nominated Black Swan, George Clooney's The Ides of March, and The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe.
In 2011, Nearn co-founded Sycamore Pictures with his partner Tom Rice and Executive Produced the Sundance darling The Way, Way Back, John Carney’s Begin Again, and produced the holiday film A Merry Friggin' Christmas starring Robin Williams, and 2015's critically acclaimed Sundance film Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn.
Sycamore Pictures recently secured distribution for The Hollars, starring John Krazinski, Anna Kendrick, Sharlto Copley, Richard Jenkins, and Margo Martindale at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Currently, the company has one film in post-production, Speech & Debate, a film based on Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam's award-winning play. Sycamore Pictures, in partnership with IM Global, is set to release the action thriller Collide starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones April 1, 2016.
Nearn lives in Memphis, TN with his wife and two kids.
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