is forming partnerships that
reach way beyond its original incarnation.
When founder Stuart Ford launched the company in 2007, we had not
realized the real meaning of the name IM Global.
What was known
from its inception was that the company was one of the leading film financing, production, sales
and distribution companies in the world.
But when Reliance
Entertainment, part of the Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA Group, acquired a
majority shareholding in the company in May 2010, the word Global took on new
Not only did
they claim to champion a wide variety of cinema, including mainstream commercial, art
house, foreign language and genre fare with their offices in Los Angeles, London, and Mumbai, but their
diversification has since expanded to include its newest partnership with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse and in Berlin 2013 its partnership with Canana (Who is Dayani Cristal?, Sin Nombre, Miss Bala),
forming a 50-50 joint venture called Mundial.
international sales of Latin American cinema, Mundial will handle international
sales for 8 to 10 Latin American titles per year. The company has picked up three films thus
far: Mariana Chenillo’s Paraiso, which begins shooting in January; Cannes winner Michael Rowe’s new film Manto Acuifero; and Mr.
Pig, Diego Luna’s fourth work as a
Luna, along with
fellow actor Gael Garcia Bernal and producer Pablo
Cruz, are co-founders of Canana. Under the agreement, Mundial
will handle Canana productions.
comprises IM Global CEO Stuart Ford, Canana executives Cruz
and Julian Levy, and IM Global’s
president of international sales and distribution, Jonathan
Aside from these two new startup joint ventures, there are other arms:
IM GLOBAL OPUS: Mainstream, commercial cinema targeted at the multiplex
IM GLOBAL ACCLAIM: Critically acclaimed arthouse and specialty
IM GLOBAL ANTHEM: The best of non-English language cinema from around
IM GLOBAL OCTANE: Branded genre fare.
IM APSARA: A rights acquisition and distribution vehicle that
serves the rapidly evolving Asian markets.
In addition there is the 3rd
joint venture, AUTOMATIK: A production
and financing joint venture with E1 Entertainment focused on films in the
$5 million – $15 million range.
When I think
of Stuart Ford now, I understand the I AM Global moniker! Good work!!