Yoram Globus

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Yoram Globus
יורם גלובוס
Yoram Globus at Cannes film festival 2014.jpg
Globus in 2014
Born (1943-09-07) 7 September 1943 (age 75)
NationalityIsrael and United States
Other namesGo-Go Boys
OccupationFilm producer
Known forFounder of Golan-Globus

Yoram Globus (Hebrew: יורם גלובוס‬; born 7 September 1943) is an American-Israeli film producer, cinema owner, and distributor. He is most known for his association with The Cannon Group, Inc., an American film production company, which he co-owned with his cousin Menahem Golan.[1]

Early life[edit]

Yoram was born in Tiberias, Lake of Galilee, Palestine in 1943 to parents who immigrated from Poland. At the age of 3 he moved with his family to Kiryat Motzkin, near Haifa. His father, Shmuel, built a cinema which was unique at that time. When the cinema opened Yoram was 5 years old and very interested in all aspects of the cinema. He would help with whatever his father needed from hanging posters, being a cashier, to promoting movies and at the age of 10 Yoram becoming the projectionist. During high school he moved to Tel Aviv where his parents opened another cinema.

Yoram graduated business school and went into the army, retiring as a lieutenant.

Career[edit]

In 1963 he partnered up with Menahem Golan, who was already a well-known stage and film director in Israel. Together, they were instrumental in creating the film industry in Israel. Over the years they were very successful, building a company which had experience in producing movies in Israel, co-productions in Europe, which became the number 1 producing entity in Israel. They distributed European movies, Israeli movies and for over 25 years represented Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount and DreamWorks in Israel. Their most successful projects including; Operation Thunderbolt (The Anthebe story which was nominated for Academy Award), Kazablan (Musical which was sold to MGM), “Lemon Popsicle”, “I Love You Rosa”, and “ The House on Chelouche Street” which was nominated for Best Foreign Film from The Academy Awards. With additional films which represented Israel in many festivals such as: Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, AFM, Milano Film Market and more.

In the early 70’s Yoram and Menahem started to make movies in Europe (“Magician of Lublin” based on the book by Isaac Bashevik Singer) and in Hollywood (“Lepke” with Tony Curtis which was sold to Warner Bros and “The 4 Deuces” with Jack Palance and Carol Linley which was sold to Avco Embassy). In 1978, Globus and Golan moved to Hollywood and acquired The Cannon Group, Inc. for $500,000, which was traded on NASDQ for 25 cents a share. They went to the Cannes Film Festival that year and licensed Cannon's movies for approximately $2.5M. After acquiring 51% of the company's shares they used the money to start making low budget action movies.

In the beginning of the 80’s, Yoram and Menahem recognized that Video was the next big thing and signed Chuck Norris for a 7 years exclusive deal, Charles Bronson for a multiple picture deal, discovered Jean-Claude Van Damme and signed him for many pictures. They started the ninja trend, discovered Michael Dudakuf and signed him to a multiple picture deal. Some of the pictures included: The “Missing in Action” series (Chuck Norris), The “Death Wish” series (Charles Bronson), ”Blood Sport” (Jean-Claude Van Damme), “American Ninja” (Michael Dudikoff).

The company elevated the production slate and apart of the action movies they started to produce in 1982 movies such as: “Sahara” (Brook Shields), The Championship Season ( Bruce Dern & Martin Sheen), “Wicked Lady” (Faye Dunaway), “King Solomon’s Mine” (Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone). Over those years, the Cannon Group stock was moved to the NY stock exchange and climbed up from 25 cents in the late 70’s to $48 in 1984. Cannon became the largest independent producer and distributor in the world.

By the mid-1980s Cannon was producing an average of 40 films per year and had become the largest independent movie production company in the world with a net worth of over US$1 billion.[citation needed] Because of their fast, low-budget style of filmmaking, they earned the nickname "the Go-Go Boys." Among the films produced by Cannon are Bloodsport with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace with Christopher Reeve, King Lear directed by Jean-Luc Godard, Runaway Train (1985), Over The Top with Sylvester Stallone and Street Smart with Morgan Freeman. During this time, Globus and Golan also acquired the rights to Spider-Man and Captain America.[citation needed]

With Cannon's success, Yoram expanded the group's operations into additional territories. Cannon acquired approximately 1,600 cinemas across Europe and the United States (some of which were later purchased by Silvio Berlusconi), also studios, an extensive film library and additional acquisitions, which widened the activities of Cannon and established the company as a leading conglomerate in the global film industry. During these years, Cannon would finance their movies utilizing a new approach, a strategy created and originated by Globus[citation needed], which is now known as "the pre-sale strategy". Substantial pre-sales of unproduced films were made based on the strong salesmanship skills of Globus and the promotional advertising created by Design Projects. The financial deposits collected from these pre-sales were used to finance the production of the first film in a Cannon line-up, which when completed and delivered to worldwide theater owners, would generate enough capital to then make the next film. For this purposes, Cannon would often generate mock movie posters before they even had a script and would display large billboards at sales events such as the Cannes Film Festival.

During 1984, Cannon purchased Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment (see EMI Films) and their movie library for £175 million. Cannon then sold the EMI British Film Library to Weintraub Entertainment Group for approximately $85 million. In 1989, "Pathé Communications," a holding company controlled by Italian businessman Giancarlo Parretti, purchased 39.4% of Cannon for 250 million dollars. During that same year, Golan, citing differences with both Parretti and Globus, resigned from his position, leaving Cannon and Globus to launch his "21st Century Film Corporation." In 1990, Globus and Parietti merged Pathé with the American film company "MGM" at which time Globus became MGM president.

In 1993, having produced over 300 films, Globus returned to Israel to focus on his own company, "Globus Group," which includes a private "Globus" arm with a large film and television studio in Neve Ilan, Israel (where various Israeli stations broadcast, such as the Israeli News Company). Globus is responsible for a significant part of the Israeli film distribution industry ("Noah CPP") and owns the public arm "Globus Max," which owns and operates numerous theaters in Israel. In 1999, Yoram Globus won the Ophir Award for "Lifetime Achievement" by the Israeli Academy of Film and Television.[citation needed]

During 2014, two documentary films were made about Golan/Globus and their "Cannon Films" story. Warner Bros released Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, which was produced by RatPac-Dune Entertainment—And that same year, the Israeli documentary The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.[2]

In 2015 Globus sold "Globus Max" and returned to Hollywood to launch a new film production company, "Rebel Way Entertainment." The company seeks to reconnect young and web-crazy audiences with the traditional theatrical experience.[3]

Filmography[edit]

2000s[edit]

  • Rak Klavim Ratzim Hofshi (Only Dogs Run Free) (2006) (filming) [Producer]
  • Melah Ha'arets (Salt of the Land) (2006) [Executive Producer] [Producer]
  • All Is Well by Me (2005) [Executive Producer]
  • Va, vis et deviens (2005) [associate producer]
  • Tipul Nimratz (2002) TV Series [Producer]
  • Lemon Popsicle 9: The Party Goes On (2001) [Producer]

1990s[edit]

  • Speedway Junky (1999) [Co-executive Producer]
  • Delta Force One: The Lost Patrol (1999) [Producer]
  • Hellbound (1994) [Executive Producer]
  • Street Knight (1993) [Executive Producer]
  • American Cyborg: Steel Warrior (1993) [Executive Producer]
  • The Mummy Lives (1993) [Executive Producer]
  • Tobe Hooper's Night Terrors (1993) [Executive Producer]
  • Lelakek Tatut (Licking the Raspberry) (1992) [Producer]
  • Tipat Mazal (A Bit of Luck) (1992) [Producer]
  • Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990) [Producer]
  • Lambada (1990/I) [Producer]
  • Mack the Knife (1990) [Executive Producer]
  • A Man Called Sarge (1990) [Executive Producer]

1980s[edit]

  • The Rose Garden (1989) [Producer]
  • Cyborg (1989) [Producer]
  • Red Riding Hood (1989) [Producer]
  • Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989) [Executive Producer]
  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989) [Producer]
  • The Secret of the Ice Cave (1989) [Executive Producer]
  • Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989) [Producer]
  • Haunted Summer (1988) [Executive Producer]
  • Hanna's War (1988) [Co-producer]
  • A Cry in the Dark a.k.a. Evil Angels[4] (1988) [Executive Producer]
  • Messenger of Death (1988) [Executive Producer]
  • Manifesto (1988) [Producer]
  • Hero and the Terror (1988) [Executive Producer]
  • Puss in Boots (1988) [Producer]
  • Salsa (1988) [Producer]
  • Powaqqatsi (1988) [Executive Producer]
  • Appointment with Death (1988) [Executive Producer]
  • Going Bananas (1988) [Producer]
  • Gor (1988) [Executive Producer]
  • Mercenary Fighters (1988) [Producer]
  • Alien from L.A. (1988) [Producer]
  • Bloodsport (1988) [Producer]
  • Braddock: Missing in Action III (1988) [Producer]
  • Doin' Time on Planet Earth (1988) [Producer]
  • Giorni randagi, I (Stray Days) (1988) [Producer]
  • Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) [Executive Producer]
  • Dancers a.k.a. Giselle (1987) [Producer]
  • Surrender (1987) [Executive Producer]
  • King Lear (1987) [Producer]
  • Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987) [Producer]
  • Cannon Movie Tales: Hansel and Gretel (1987) [Producer]
  • Barfly (1987) [Executive Producer]
  • Masters of the Universe (1987) [Producer]
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) [Producer]
  • Shy People (1987) [Producer]
  • Under Cover (1987) [Producer]
  • Mascara (Make-up for Murder) (1987) [Executive Producer]
  • American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987) [Producer]
  • Beauty and the Beast (1987) [Producer]
  • The Barbarians (1987) [Producer]
  • Down Twisted (1987) [Producer]
  • The Hanoi Hilton (1987) [Producer]
  • Street Smart (1987) [Producer]
  • Number One with a Bullet (1987) [Producer]
  • Over the Top (1987) [Producer]
  • Assassination (1987) [Executive Producer]
  • Business as Usual (1987) [Executive Producer]
  • Cannon Movie Tales: The Emperor's New Clothes (1987) [Producer]
  • Snow White (1987) [Producer]
  • Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986) [Producer]
  • Duet for One (1986) [Producer]
  • Firewalker (1986) [Producer]
  • 52 Pick-Up (1986) [Producer]
  • Avenging Force (1986) [Producer]
  • Otello (1986) [Producer]
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) [Producer]
  • Detective School Dropouts (1986) [Producer]
  • Invaders from Mars (1986) [Producer]
  • Cobra (1986) [Producer]
  • Dangerously Close (1986) [Executive Producer]
  • America 3000 (1986) [Producer]
  • P.O.W. The Escape a.k.a. Behind the Enemy Lines (1986) [Executive Producer]
  • Murphy's Law (1986) [Executive Producer]
  • The Naked Cage (1986) [Executive Producer] (uncredited)
  • Field of Honor (1986) [Producer]
  • The Delta Force (1986) [Producer]
  • Complicato intrigo di donne, vicoli e delitti, Un (A Complex Plot About Women, Alleys and Crimes) (1986) [Producer]
  • Malkat Hakitah (Prom Queen) (1986) [Producer]
  • Salome (1986) [Executive Producer]
  • Superfantagenio (1986) [Producer]
  • Fool for Love (1985) [Producer]
  • Runaway Train (1985) [Producer]
  • King Solomon's Mines (1985) [Producer]
  • Death Wish 3 (1985) [Producer]
  • Avventure dell'incredibile Ercole, Le (The Adventures of Hercules) (1985) [Producer]
  • The Berlin Affair (1985) [Producer]
  • Thunder Alley (1985) [Executive Producer]
  • Invasion U.S.A. (1985) [Producer]
  • Hot Chili (1985) [Producer]
  • American Ninja (1985/I) [Producer]
  • Lifeforce (1985) [Producer]
  • Déjà Vu (1985) [Producer]
  • Rappin' (1985) [Producer]
  • The Assisi Underground (1985) [Producer]
  • Mata Hari (1985) [Executive Producer]
  • Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985) [Producer]
  • Harimu Ogen a.k.a. Up Your Anchor: Lemon Popsicle 6 (1985) [Producer]
  • Hot Resort (1985) [Producer]
  • Me'ahev, Ha- The Lover (1985) [Producer]
  • Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) [Producer]
  • Missing in Action (1984) [Producer]
  • Maria's Lovers (1984) [Executive Producer]
  • Exterminator 2 (1984) [Executive Producer]
  • Ninja III: The Domination (1984) [Producer]
  • Bolero: An Adventure in Ecstasy (1984) [Executive Producer]
  • Roman Za'ir a.k.a. Baby Love a.k.a. Lemon Popsicle V (1984) [Producer]
  • I'm Almost Not Crazy: John Cassavetes - the Man and His Work (1984) [Producer]
  • The Naked Face (1984) [Producer]
  • Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984) [Producer]
  • The Ambassador (1984) [Producer]
  • Breakin' (1984) [Executive Producer]
  • Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984) [Producer]
  • Love Streams (1984) [Producer]
  • Edut Me'ones (Forced Testimony) (1984) [Producer]
  • Grace Quigley (1984) [Producer]
  • Ordeal by Innocence (1984) [Executive Producer]
  • Sahara (1983) [Producer]
  • Revenge of the Ninja (1983) [Producer]
  • Hercules (1983) [Producer]
  • The Wicked Lady (1983) [Producer]
  • House of the Long Shadows (1983) [Producer]
  • 10 to Midnight (1983) [Executive Producer]
  • Tesoro de las cuatro coronas, El (Treasure of the Four Crowns) (1983) [Producer]
  • Sababa (1983) [Producer]
  • Sette magnifici gladiatori, I (The Seven Magnificent Gladiators) (1983) [Executive Producer]
  • That Championship Season (1982) [Executive Producer]
  • The Last American Virgin (1982) [Producer]
  • Hospital Massacre a.k.a. Be My Valentine, or Else...(1982) [Producer]
  • Death Wish II (1982) [Producer] [Presenter]
  • Ahava Ilemeth a.k.a. Mute Love (1982) [Producer]
  • Nana, the True Key of Pleasure (1982) [Producer]
  • Sapiches a.k.a. Lemon Popsicle IV (1982) [Producer]
  • Body and Soul (1981) [Producer]
  • Enter the Ninja (1981) [Producer]
  • Shifshuf Naim a.k.a. Lemon Popsicle III (1981) [Producer]
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981) [Executive Producer]
  • New Year's Evil (1980) [Producer]
  • The Apple a.k.a. Star Rock (1980) [Producer]
  • Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype (1980) [Producer]
  • Seed of Innocence a.k.a. Teen Mothers (1980) [Producer]
  • Schizoid a.k.a. Murder by Mail (1980) [Producer]
  • The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980) [Producer]
  • The Godsend (1980) [Executive Producer]

1970s[edit]

  • The Magician of Lublin (1979) [Producer]
  • Imi Hageneralit (My Mother the General) (1979) [Producer]
  • Nisuin Nusah Tel Aviv (Marriage Tel Aviv Style) (1979) [Producer]
  • Yotzim Kavua a.k.a. Lemon Popsicle II (1979) [Producer]
  • The Uranium Conspiracy a.k.a. Kesher Ha'Uranium a.k.a. A chi tocca, tocca...! (1978) a.k.a. Agenten kennen keine Tränen (1978) [Executive Producer]
  • Lemon Popsicle a.k.a. Eskimo Limon (1978) [Producer]
  • Yisraelim Matzhikim (It's a Funny, Funny World) (1978) [Producer]
  • Operation Thunderbolt a.k.a. Mivtsa Yonatan (1977) [Producer]
  • Kid Vengeance [it] a.k.a. Take Another Hard Ride (1977) [Producer]
  • God's Gun a.k.a. Diamante Lobo (1976) [Associate Producer]
  • The Four Deuces (1976) [Producer]
  • Diamonds (1975) [Producer]
  • Lepke (1975) [Producer]
  • Kazablan (1974) [Executive Producer]
  • Abu el Banat a.k.a. Daughters, Daughters (1973) [Executive Producer]
  • Ani Ohev Otach Rosa (I Love You, Rosa) (1972) [Executive Producer]
  • Shod Hatelephonim Hagadol (The Great Telephone Robbery) (1972) [Producer]
  • Jump (1971) [Executive Producer]
  • Katz V'Carasso a.k.a. The Contract (1971) [Producer]
  • Malkat Hakvish (The Highway Queen) (1971) [Producer]
  • Joe (1970) [Executive Producer]
  • Lupo! (1970) [Producer]
  • Pritza Hagdola, Ha- a.k.a. Eagles Attack at Dawn a.k.a. From Hell to Victory (1970) [Producer]

1960s[edit]

  • Margo Sheli a.k.a. My Love in Jerusalem (1969) [Producer]
  • Sam's Song a.k.a. Line of Fire (1969) [Executive Producer]
  • Nes B'Ayara a.k.a. A Miracle in Our Town (1968) [Producer]
  • Fortuna a.k.a. Seduced in Sodom a.k.a. The Girl from the Dead Sea (1966) [Producer]
  • Complica (????) [Producer]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cannon Bid as Major Studio Is Cliffhanger Firm's Future at Risk in High-Stakes Gamble". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  2. ^ "'The Go-Go Boys': Cannes Review". Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  3. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (18 July 2016). "Yoram Globus Returns To Hollywood With Rebel Way, Turning Viral Talent Into Movie Stars". Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  4. ^ "A Cry in the Dark (1988) - Release dates". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-06-15.

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