EFM: Dolphin Films Launches International Sales Arm; Pacts With IM Global

Dolphinlogo_vectorGearing up for the European Film Market in Berlin next month, the feature division of Bill O’Dowd’s family-based producer Dolphin Entertainment is launching a new sales operation to go by the name of Dolphin Films International. The outfit will operate under a multi-year partnership with IM Global which will provide support and give Dolphin a strong physical presence at markets as well as access to its relationships. Dolphin vet Christine Perrin-Stocco will run the division which kicks off with the live-action feature adaptation of Mattel’s Max Steel. Dolphin is the second sales operation to announce its launch this week; on Tuesday, finance and sales outfit Fortitude International hung its shingle. Here are full details on Dolphin Films International: Read More »

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Matt Jackson Boards IM Global As President Of Production

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 4:00pm PST

Matt JacksonParkland and End of Watch producer Matt Jackson has jumped to IM Global to serve as the film financing/sales/distribution company’s new President of Production. He’ll report directly to Founder/CEO Stuart Ford. Jackson will oversee development and production at … Read More »

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Former MGM/United Artists Exec Chris Bosco Tapped As IM Global COO

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 12:38pm PST

Chris Bosco 028_1Chris Bosco joined film financing, distribution and sales company IM Global as Chief Operating Officer as of December 1. He reports directly to IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford who announced the move today. Before joining IM Global, Bosco … Read More »

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AFM: Mark Strong Orbits ‘Ad Inexplorata’

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 3:24pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Low Winter Sun star Mark Strong will team with writer-director Mark Elijah Rosenberg for Ad Inexplorata, a film that will start production in 2014. Strong plays a NASA pilot alone on a one-way mission to Mars. IM … Read More »

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Open Road Makes IM Global First Look Deal

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 10:35am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Open Road Films has made a first look distribution agreement to release select IM Global titles in the U.S. Open Road CEO made Tom Ortenberg and IM Global CEO Stuart Ford made the deal. This comes after … Read More »

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Toronto: IM Global To Launch Justin Bieber Doc ‘Believe’ From ‘Never Say Never’ Helmer

EXCLUSIVE: Gearing up for Toronto, IM Global chief Stuart Ford says the company is “engineering its usual full-on assault on the marketplace.” Ford is currently in Venice in support of Ti West’s The Sacrament and Steven Knight’s Tom Hardy-starrer Locke. Both of those films are part of an abundant Toronto slate that’s spread across the outfit’s different labels. Among the brand new movies on the lineup are Justin Bieber’s Believe, which will screen for select buyers in Toronto. Jon M. Chu, who helmed hit concert film Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never, directed Believe in what was an under the radar operation. IM Global’s wide release label Opus is handling worldwide sales and Open Road is releasing domestically. The documentary mixes in concert footage to trace Bieber’s path to becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Read More »

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Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters’

By | Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:51am PDT

Mean Girls‘ Mark Waters is directing Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, the first installment in a franchise adaptation of Richelle Mead’s six-volume young adult novel series. Heathers scribe Daniel Waters wrote the script. The project was a big seller for IM Global in Berlin where The Weinstein Read More »

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IM Global, Wild Bunch Open Beijing Outposts

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 11:33pm PDT

Two international sales and finance powerhouses are getting on the China bandwagon. IM Global has enlisted former Huayi Brothers exec Leslie Chen to head up its new Beijing operation. The offices will be open at the end of the month where IM Global’s pan-Asian distribution label Apsara will be based. Chen will manage much of the company’s international sales activity in the region as well as overseeing the release of IM Global’s films in mainland China.

Meanwhile, France’s Wild Bunch is partnering with Beijing-based production and distribution group Taihe Pictures to create a sales and distribution outfit Taihe Wild Bunch. The company will focus on acquiring international distribution rights for Chinese movies with crossover potential and will exploit Wild Bunch’s catalog, including remake rights, in China. Wild Bunch has deep ties to China having worked with such filmmakers as Lou Ye, Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou over the past several years. Read More »

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‘Goodfellas’ Unite! Ray Liotta Joins Exec Producer Martin Scorsese In ‘Revenge Of The Green Dragons’

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 7:13am PDT
Mike Fleming

Ray Liotta has joined Revenge Of The Green Dragons, the thriller helmed by Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, with production beginning in New York. The triad thriller is executive produced by Martin Scorsese and is fully financed … Read More »

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IM Global Chief Stuart Ford Re-Ups

By | Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 8:01am PDT
Mike Fleming

IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford has signed a multiple year extension to his CEO service contract it was announced today by a company spokesperson. The 43 year old executive founded the company with a launch at Cannes in 2007 and IM Global has since gone on to become one of the most visible and active companies in the independent sector.

The company had eight new films in the Cannes Market and played host to Martin Scorsese, who was in town to help IM Global promote his longtime passion project “Silence”. On the opening day of the Festival Ford and Scorsese combined to give a presentation to 300 foreign distributors in one of the Croisette’s most high profile events of the opening week.

An international sales powerhouse, the company customarily brings 15-18 new projects a year into the market across its unique structure of four separate sales labels handling mainstream commercial, arthouse, genre and foreign language films.

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Cannes Briefs: ‘Love Is In The Air’ For Swipe; IM Global Inks Swiss Ouput Deal; Zentropa Producing ‘The Long Ships’; More

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UK indie distributor Swipe Films has acquired Alexandre Castagnetti’s Love Is In The Air. The French romantic comedy stars Cannes jury member Ludivine Sagnier. It opened in France via UPI in April. The story sees a volatile former couple meet up on a NY-Paris flight. Swipe will roll the pic out in the UK and Ireland. Gregoire Melin’s Kinology is selling. Read More »

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Cannes: Asif Kapadia To Helm WWI Love Story ‘Ali And Nino’

Senna helmer Asif Kapadia will direct Ali And Nino for UK producer PeaPie Films. IM Global is handling worldwide sales with production set for early 2014. Atonement Read More »

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Cannes TOLDJA! Kevin Costner Re-Teams With Mike Binder On ‘Black And White’ For IM Global

Mike Fleming

Deadline revealed last week that Kevin Costner was going to reteam with Upside Of Anger helmer Mike Binder on Black And White. IM Global has confirmed the scoop, adding that The Help‘s Octavia Spencer will also be in the cast. Here’s the official release:

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IM Global Adds Output Deals In Germany, Russia/Eastern Europe, Latin America

IM Global has locked down further key territories for its stable of offshore output deals, bringing to 130 the number of countries where it has guaranteed distribution for its bigger films. RTL’s Universum has made a multi-year, multi-picture commitment for distribution rights in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on higher budget films financed or co-financed by the Reliance-backed indie. The pact was sealed at last month’s European Film Market where IM Global’s Blood Sisters: Vampire Academy was one of the hotter titles. Read More »

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Berlin: IM Global’s Anthem Boards Tom Hardy Thriller ‘Locke’

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 5:12am PST

Berlin, February 7: IM Global specialty label Anthem will fully finance LOCKE, to be written and directed by Steven Knight (Hummingbird) and starring Tom Hardy (Inception) for Paul Webster, Joe Wright and Guy Heeley’s Shoebox Films.

Based on an original screenplay from Knight (Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things) LOCKE is the story of one man’s life unraveling in a tension-fuelled ninety minute race against time. Ivan Locke has the perfect family, his dream job, and tomorrow should be the crowning moment of his career. But one phone call will force him to make a decision that will put it all on the line.

LOCKE begins production in London, England later this month. Paul Webster and Guy Heeley will produce.

IM Global, Shoebox and Knight previously collaborated on HUMMINGBIRD, to be released by Lionsgate later this year.

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‘Vampire Academy’ Film Takes Flight; Mark Waters Directing Daniel Waters’ Script

EXCLUSIVE: Hoping to tap a new vein in the young adult vampire genre that made Twilight Saga such a global hit, Reliance Entertainment and IM Global are co-financing the first installment of a new film franchise based on the six-volume Richelle Mead young adult novel series that will come to … Read More »

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Jodie Foster To Direct ‘Money Monster’

By | Thursday October 11, 2012 @ 1:49pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Jodie Foster Money Monster DirectorLos Angeles, October 11: Jodie Foster has attached to direct MONEY MONSTER for film financing and sales company IM Global and Daniel Dubiecki’s The Allegiance Theater, it

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Open Road, Endgame Acquire Marlon Wayans Comedy ‘A Haunted House’

By | Thursday September 20, 2012 @ 10:53am PDT
Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 20, 2012 – Open Road Films, in partnership with Endgame Entertainment, has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to A HAUNTED HOUSE, co-written by and starring Marlon Wayans, from IM Global. The film was financed and produced by IM Global’s genre label Octane. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, James D. Stern, CEO of Endgame Entertainment and Stuart Ford, CEO of IM Global.

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IM Global Funds Catherine Hardwicke’s ‘Plush’

By | Monday August 27, 2012 @ 10:59am PDT
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, August 27: Principal photography begins today in Los Angeles on erotic thriller PLUSH directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) and produced by Jason Blum, producer of the Paranormal Activity franchise. The picture is being financed by IM Global’s genre label Octane.

PLUSH stars a sexy young cast, including Emily

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