Global Road Television Entertainment

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Global Road Television Entertainment
IM Global (2007-2017)
Founded 2007
Founder Stuart Ford
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Key people
Rob Friedman (CEO)
Parent Independent
Website Official website

Global Road Television Entertainment, formerly IM Global, is an independent TV production company owned along side Global Road Entertainment film company by Tang Media Partners. The company was founded by Stuart Ford in April 2007[1] and operating in international film, television and music production, as well as sales and international distribution.[2] The company financed or produced over 30 Hollywood feature films and controlled a library of over 300 films.

IM Global was the 2015 recipient of the Variety Award for Achievement in International Film.[3][4]

From April 2010, the company's two shareholders were Reliance Entertainment, a subsidiary of Indian billionaire Anil Ambani's Reliance ADA group, and Ford himself.[5][6] Reliance Entertainment is also one of the main investors in Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Pictures.[7] Due to Reliance's investment in IM Global, with Ford and his Indian partners, the company expanded internationally with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Beijing, Mexico City and Mumbai.[8]

In 2016, the company was acquired by Tang Media Partners.[9] Rob Friedman, the former co-chairman of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, was named as a Chairman and CEO in August 2017.[10] After Tang's acquisition of Open Road Films in August 2017, it merged with the former to create Global Road Entertainment.

International sales and distribution[edit]

IM Global acts as producer, financier and international sales agent for films such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister and A Haunted House. IM Global's Anthem subsidiary specialises in the global distribution of Latin American cinema via Latino film sales joint venture Mundial, Chinese cinema via an exclusive output arrangement with Chinese studio Huayi Bros and Bollywood cinema via the pipeline from shareholder Reliance Entertainment.[11] Overall, IM Global controls a library of more than 300 films.[12] IM Global's titles secured number one international box office share in the global film sector outside of the major Hollywood studios in both 2013 and 2014.[13][14]

Production and financing[edit]

The company has produced over thirty features and has worked alongside onscreen talent such as Matthew McConaughey, Johnny Depp, Diane Lane, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Tom Hardy, Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, and Gary Oldman in its productions.[15]

Apsara Distribution[edit]

The company's Apsara Distribution subsidiary is a film rights buying and distribution label covering fourteen South-East Asian distribution markets, in many of which it partners with Disney's Buena Vista International.[16][17]

IM Global Television[edit]

In mid 2014 the company launched IM Global Television with Mark Stern, former Syfy Channel's President and Partner, as President of Original Content.[18][19] The division focuses on developing, producing, financing and distribution of scripted content for network, cable and SVOD platforms.

In 2015 Eli Shibley became President of International Distribution and Co-Productions. In addition to managing sales of the scripted slate, Shibley oversees the acquisitions of third party scripted and unscripted projects.[20][21]

In 2016 IM Global Television launched an Unscripted and Alternative division led by Emmy Award Winner Phil Gurin.[22]

IM Global Music[edit]

In December 2014 the company launched IM Global Music.[23][24]


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  2. ^ "Company Overview of IM Global, LLC". Bloomberg. Bloomberg.
  3. ^ Staff, Variety (14 May 2015). "Cannes: IM Global Feted With Variety's International Film Award".
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (12 May 2015). "IM Global Seeks to Stand Out at Cannes".
  5. ^ "Reliance Secures Majority Stake in IM Global". 6 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times.
  7. ^ Patrick, Frater. "India's Reliance: Still a DreamWorks Backer, But Hollywood Sojourn Has Cost a Fortune". Variety. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Company Overview of IM Global, LLC". Bloomberg. Bloomberg.
  9. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (June 2, 2016). "IM Global Acquired by Tang Media Partners, Launches TV Joint Venture With Tencent". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  10. ^ Anita, Busch. "Rob Friedman Named Chairman/CEO Of Donald Tang's TMP Entertainment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Company Overview of IM Global, LLC". Bloomberg. Bloomberg.
  12. ^ "IM Global Profile". IMDB. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Indies shine at 2013 int'l BO".
  14. ^ "Indie int'l box office hits $1.2bn".
  15. ^ "IM Global Profile". IMDB. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  16. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (18 June 2012). "IM Global's Apsara Makes Pan-Asian Output Agreement With Buena Vista International".
  17. ^ "Buena Vista Intl., Apsara Distribution Ink Multi-Picture Deal".
  18. ^ "Mark Stern Named President of Original Programming at Syfy".
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (29 July 2014). "IM Global Launches TV Venture Led By Former Syfy President Mark Stern".
  20. ^ Ali, Jaafar. "Eli Shibley Joins IM Global TV As President Of International Distribution & Co-Productions". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  21. ^ "IM Global Television About". Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  22. ^ Cynthia, Littleton. "Producer Phil Gurin to Head Unscripted Division for IM Global Television". Variety. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  23. ^ "Indie Film and TV Player IM Global Launches Music Joint Venture (Exclusive)".
  24. ^ "Republic Records Teams With IM Global to Produce Music-Driven Films".

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