Chris 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 was based in Prague where he was responsible for operations and finance for the content and distribution division within Central European Media Enterprises across seven countries in Europe. During his tenure he was instrumental in defining strategy and designing and implementing mergers and acquisitions. Previously, Bosco was EVP Finance at United Artists and MGM where he was responsible for worldwide finance including film and TV development, production, distribution and marketing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
IM Global, Shoebox and Knight previously collaborated on HUMMINGBIRD, to be released by Lionsgate later this year.
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 …
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.
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
EXCLUSIVE: In a move that positions it for expected future movie business growth in Asia, IM Global‘s Pan-Asian rights buying arm Apsara Distribution has closed an output deal with Buena Vista International. The multi-year and multiple-picture pact covers Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Despite its outsized population numbers, the region has traditionally accounted for a small percentage of a pre-sale business model for a variety of reasons, including a paucity of screens. That is changing quickly and will continue to do so for the next decade, and IM Global CEO Stuart Ford felt it was time to create a stronger distribution infrastructure that is more like a major studio.