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Im Global poised for next step

2 June 2016 10:40 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Asian announcements were two-a-penny at the Afm last year, but away from the market bustle a deal was brewing that would have trumped any headline from Santa Monica.

Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford and his company’s majority owner at the time, Reliance Entertainment, had engaged in early talks with Tang Media Partners (Tmp), the company led by influential China-Hollywood power broker Donald Tang.

Encouraged by their negotiations, the parties signed a deal memo in December 2015. In the wee hours of Thursday morning this week, following five months of exhaustive due diligence, Tmp was unveiled as the new majority owner of Im Global.

Screendaily understands Tmp has acquired a 60% stake in the company Ford launched in 2007. This investment, along with a separate but related television deal that sees Tmp and Chinese tech giant Tencent buy into Im Global Television, are said to be worth $200m.

The developments put the value of Im Global in the »

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Im Global targets growth with Tmp deal

2 June 2016 10:40 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Asian announcements were two-a-penny at the Afm last year, but away from the market bustle a deal was brewing that would have trumped any headline from Santa Monica.

Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford and his company’s majority owner at the time, Reliance Entertainment, had engaged in early talks with Tang Media Partners (Tmp), the company led by influential China-Hollywood power broker Donald Tang.

Encouraged by their negotiations, the parties signed a deal memo in December 2015. In the wee hours of Thursday morning this week, following five months of exhaustive due diligence, Tmp was unveiled as the new majority owner of Im Global.

Screendaily understands Tmp has acquired a 60% stake in the company Ford launched in 2007. This investment, along with a separate but related television deal that sees Tmp and Chinese tech giant Tencent buy into Im Global Television, are said to be worth $200m.

The developments put the value of Im Global in the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Stuart Ford Reveals Why ‘Now Was the Time’ for Im Global’s Blockbuster Deal

2 June 2016 3:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, coming off a wave of film sales and a glossy profile in Variety, Im Global founder Stuart Ford turned to his team and let them know he was ready to sell the media company he spent nearly a decade establishing.

“I realized we’d never be shinier and prettier,” Ford said. “And if we were going to do a deal, now was the time to do it.”

So began a furious period of speed dating with potential investors that culminated this Thursday with the news that Donald Tang’s Tang Media Partners has acquired majority ownership of the international sales and production finance business. The deal closed in December, but in addition to due diligence, Ford spent the past five months hammering together a new television production joint venture with China’s Tencent. That will also be backed by Tang Media Partners and Reliance Entertainment, »

- Brent Lang

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Im Global Acquired by Tang Media Partners, Launches TV Venture With China’s Tencent

2 June 2016 6:45 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tang Media Partners has acquired a controlling stake in independent studio Im Global. And together, the new partnership is launching a television production venture with Asian tech giant Tencent. The moves will provide Im Global and its TV wing with capital to further invest in film and television development, production and distribution, the companies stated in a Thursday press release. No other financial terms of the deal were disclosed, but some going-forward leadership news was. Stuart Ford will stay on as Im Global’s chief executive officer via a new multiyear deal. He’ll also have a similar role within the new television venture, »

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Im Global acquired by China's Tang Media, pacts with Tencent

2 June 2016 6:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Donald Tang’s Tang Media Partners (Tmp) has acquired a majority stake in Us firm Im Global, which is also partnering with Chinese tech giant Tencent on a TV production venture.

The size of Tmp’s stake was not disclosed but Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford and India’s Reliance Entertainment, which previously held a 70% share of the indie powerhouse, remain as significant shareholders. They also maintain seats on the boards of both Im Global and the new TV venture, which will operate under the existing Im Global Television banner.

Ford will continue as Im Global CEO under a new multi-year employment deal, as well as serving in a similar capacity in the TV venture. Tang is now executive chairman of the Im Global board.

Meanwhile, Tmg and Tencent are both investing in Im Global Television, which includes a dedicated television production fund, marking Tencent’s first foray into international TV production.

Mark Stern will »

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Im Global Acquired By China’s Tang Media Partners, Launching TV Joint Venture With Tencent

2 June 2016 4:20 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Stuart Ford’s sales-finance outfit Im Global is being majority acquired from India’s Reliance Group by Chinese media group Tang Media Partners. The news would mark the latest investment from China into the film business. Ford’s company, a mainstay of film markets since the former Miramax exec launched it in 2007, has always had a global outlook. That approach only grew once Indian media group Reliance acquired a majority stake in the company in 2010. Tang Media Group… »

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Im Global Acquired By China’s Tang Media Partners, Launching TV Joint Venture With Tencent

2 June 2016 4:20 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Stuart Ford’s sales-finance outfit Im Global is being majority acquired from India’s Reliance Group by Chinese media group Tang Media Partners. The news would mark the latest investment from China into the film business. Ford’s company, a mainstay of film markets since the former Miramax exec launched it in 2007, has always had a global outlook. That approach only grew once Indian media group Reliance acquired a majority stake in the company in 2010. Tang Media Group… »

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Im Global Sold to Tang Media, Launches TV Venture With China’s Tencent

2 June 2016 4:17 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Donald Tang’s Tang Media Partners has acquired majority ownership of Im Global, the international sales and production finance business headed by Stuart Ford.

Tmp will also back a move to establish a new television production joint venture with China’s Tencent, Im Global and Reliance Entertainment, the India-based media investor that was Im Global’s majority owner prior to the Tang acquisition.

Deal terms were not announced, but sources point to the deal valuing Im Global at some $200 million. Reliance invested in Im Global in 2010 and previously controlled some 70% of the company. Following the new capital injection, Ford and Reliance are understood to retain significant minority interests of roughly equal size.

In a parallel transaction, Im Global, Tmp and Reliance Entertainment have partnered with China’s social media giant Tencent in a new television production joint venture which will assume the existing Im Global Television banner. The move is the first step into U. »

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Im Global Acquired By Tang Media Partners, Launches TV Joint Venture With Tencent

2 June 2016 3:55 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

U.S.-Chinese company Tang Media Partners has acquired a controlling stake in foreign sales, financing and production company Im Global. Tmp is acquiring the stake from India's Reliance Group, which bought into Im Global in 2010. The size of the share wasn't disclosed.  Stuart Ford, who established Im Global in 2007, will retain his role as CEO. Tmp founding partner, Donald Tang, is now the executive chairman of the Im Global board. In a parallel transaction Im Global and Tmp have partnered with Chinese tech giant Tencent on a new television production joint venture that will operate under the recently

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Soda Pictures acquires Miramax pair

25 May 2016 4:24 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has picked up UK rights to The 9th Life Of Louis Drax and Southside With You.

Soda has set a September theatrical release for The 9th Life Of Louis Drax. Alexandre Aja directed from Max Minghella’s adapted screenplay based on Liz Jensen’s bestseller.

Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey and Aiden Longworth in the title role star in the tale of a doctor drawn into a web of deceit following the near-fatal fall of a young boy.

Aja, Minghella, Tim Bricknell and Shawn Williamson produced with Miramax’s Zanne Devine and Rosanne Korenberg on board as executive producers.

Opening in October will be Richard Tanne’s feature directorial debut Southside With You, inspired by the first date between Barack and Michelle Obama in Chicago in 1989.

Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter star. Robert Teitel, Sumpter and Tanne produced.

Stuart Ford of the film’s financier and international sales agent »

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U.K.’s Soda Acquires ‘9th Life of Louis Drax,’ ‘Southside With You’

25 May 2016 9:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Soda Pictures has acquired U.K. distribution rights on Miramax titles “The 9th Life of Louis Drax” and “Southside With You.”

“Louis Drax” marks the screenwriting debut of Max Minghella, whose acting credits include “The Social Network” and “The Internship.” Adapted from the Liz Jensen bestseller and directed by Alexandre Aja (“The Hills Have Eyes”), the film stars Jamie Dornan (“50 Shades of Grey”), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Sarah Gadon (“Dracula Untold”), Oliver Platt (“X-Men: First Class”), Molly Parker (“House of Cards”), Barbara Hershey and Aiden Longworth (“A Christmas Story 2”) in the titular role.

“Louis Drax” tells the story of a brilliant doctor drawn into a mysterious web of reality and deception after the near fatal fall of 9-year-old Louis Drax.

Aja, Minghella, Tim Bricknell and Shawn Williamson produced with Miramax’s Zanne Devine and Rosanne Korenberg serving as executive producers. The film will open in U.K. theaters in September. »

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Cannes: Stx Lands Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

15 May 2016 3:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stx has landed the big prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival market, plunking down roughly $50 million for international rights to Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.”

The true-life crime drama will reunite Scorsese with Robert De Niro for the first time since 1995’s “Casino.” It will also mark his first collaboration with Al Pacino. Joe Pesci may join the project, but the actor is not yet attached, according to sources.

Paramount will distribute the title in North America. The pact is the biggest of this year’s Cannes and one of the priciest deals in recent history. It required a Herculean effort from producer Gaston Pavlovich’s Fabrica de Cine to pull the $100 million project out of turnaround at Paramount in time for Cannes.

As Variety reported on Friday, Stx was one of several studios circling the project; the others included Lionsgate and Universal, with Warner Bros. also expressing interest. »

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Emile Hirsch’s Supernatural Thriller ‘Autopsy of Jane Doe’ Bought by IFC

11 May 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to Emile Hirsch’s supernatural thriller “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” from Im Global.

Andre Ovredal directed from a screenplay by Ian B. Goldberg and Richard Naing. Brian Cox and Ophelia Lovibond also star in the film.

“Autopsy of Jane Doe” marked Hirsch’s first acting job after being charged with assault for getting into an altercation with a Paramount exec during last year’s Sundance Film Festival. He pleaded guilty in August to misdemeanor assault, and was sentenced to spend 15 days in jail, pay a $4,750 fine and perform 50 hours of community service.

“Autopsy of Jane Doe” was produced by Fred Berger, Eric Garcia, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken of 42, and was executive produced by Im Global Founder/CEO Stuart Ford, Matt Jackson and Steven Squillante.

Hirsch and Cox portray coroners — a father and son — who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. »

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Cannes Film Market 2016: ‘There’s Caution in the Air’

10 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brie Larson, Mila Kunis, Jake Gyllenhaal, Julianne Moore, Idris Elba, Jessica Chastain, Jared Leto, Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan and maybe Robert De Niro topline big buzz projects at the 2016 Cannes’ pre-sales market which started coming together late last week, in an all-time down-to the-wire market flurry.

The huge question though is whether Martin Scorsese’s mob bio “The Irishman,” starring Robert DeNio, budgeted at a reported $100 million and in turnaround at Paramount, can be packaged fast enough to be brought to the market at Cannes.

Even without it, after a robust Berlin, “this is another strong market here because of the multitude and diversity of projects,” said Ivan Boeing of Brazil’s Imagem, predicting that Cannes would be “big and busy.”

FilmNation’s Glen Basner agreed: “It doesn’t feel like there are many huge movies, but it seems like there are plenty of films offered »

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Cannes Preview: Security Concerns, New Distribution Models Dominate Pre-Festival Talk

10 May 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Four masked assailants brandishing semi-automatic weapons charged up the steps of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes last month. A savage gunfight erupted, shattering the peace in the seaside resort. As police officers ducked for cover, Swat teams escorted terrified civilians to safety, guiding them over the bodies of people apparently struck down by bullets.

This was just a test, but the elaborately staged display highlights how seriously French officials and Cannes Film Festival organizers are taking security in the wake of terrorist attacks in Brussels in March and in Paris last November.

It also underscores feelings of uncertainty about safety that will inevitably spill into the world’s most glamorous film festival. Woody Allen, director of the opening-night film, “Café Society,” concedes that he’s anxious. “Oh, listen, I worry about that when I go to the supermarket or I get the newspaper,” he tells Variety. “I’m the world’s biggest worry-wart. »

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Broccoli, Im Global launch 'Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool'

6 May 2016 2:23 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Paul McGuigan-directed drama, written by Matt Greenhalgh, to shoot June 27 in UK; Annette Bening, Jamie Bell lead cast.

Im Global will launch sales in Cannes on prestige UK package Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, set to star BAFTA-winners Annette Bening (The Kids Are Alright), Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) and Julie Walters (Brooklyn).

Lucky Number Slevin and Sherlock director Paul McGuigan will direct the period feature, written by Control and Nowhere Boy writer Matt Greenhalgh.

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli (Spectre) will produce under her Eon Productions banner alongside Gangs Of New York executive and Coriolanus producer Colin Vaines. Stuart Ford’s Im Global will also co-finance.

Based on the memoir by British actor Peter Turner, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool follows the playful, but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Bening), who rose to fame in the 1940s.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Im Global to sell Clive Davis music biopic

5 May 2016 1:21 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Im Global has signed a deal to fully finance and handle worldwide sales on Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives.

The documentary chronicles the life and creative influence of Davis, regarded as one of the most important music industry figures of all time.

Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford and Im Global Music president David Schulhof announced the development on Thursday. Wme Global represents Us rights.

Chris Perkel, whose credits include Pearl Jam 20, will direct Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives based on Davis’ 2013 autobiography, The Soundtrack Of My Life.

Scott Free Productions’ Michael Bernstein produces, with Ridley Scott and Mary Lisio serving as executive producers alongside Ford and Schulhof.

Davis grew up in working class Brooklyn in the early 20th and after losing both parents while a teenager went on to secure full academic scholarships to Nyu and Harvard Law School.

He became president of Columbia Records at 35, where he discovered »

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Cannes: Im Global Financing Clive Davis Documentary

5 May 2016 10:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Im Global will fully finance and handle worldwide sales for the documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.”

The announcement was made Thursday by Im Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford and Im Global Music President David Schulhof. Wme Global will sell domestic distribution rights to the film.

The project is based on Davis’ 2013 autobiography. It will be directed by Chris Perkel and produced by Scott Free Productions’ Michael Bernstein. Ridley Scott and Mary Lisio are executive producers along with Ford and Schulhof.

Davis became president of Columbia Records at the age of 35. He signed Donovan, who became a folk-rock star through Columbia’s Epic label, early on in his career.

Davis played a key role in the careers of  Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, The Kinks, The Grateful Dead and The Eurythmics.

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Mila Kunis & Bryan Cranston Hit ‘Jackpot’; Will Gluck Directing With IM Global Financing – Cannes

5 May 2016 8:18 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Mila Kunis and Bryan Cranston are attached to star in Jackpot with Will Gluck (Annie) directing. Jennifer Garner is also in talks to join the ensemble. Dave Callaham (The Expendables) is scripting the project. It is a remake of a 2011 Norwegian action comedy directed by Magnus Martens based on a Jo Nesbo story about a man who wakes up in a strip bar clutching a shotgun surrounded by dead men and the police guns aimed at him. Stuart Ford’s IM Global will fully… »

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Netflix Acquires Im Global/Canana’s Mundial Title ‘The Chosen Ones’

28 April 2016 12:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has acquired global rights to David Pablos’ “Las Elegidas” from Mundial, the joint sales venture of Stuart Ford’s Im Global and Canana, the production-sales company of Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz.

Produced by Cruz, Pablos’ breakthrough movie recently scored 13 nominations for Mexico’s Ariel Academy Awards. “The Chosen Ones” was also the first Spanish-speaking title to be announced last year for the Cannes Festival, where it screened in Un Certain Regard. It will bow on Netflix from May 8. Global deal obviously does not not include territories licensed by Mundial. Arp Selection, one of France’s premier art-house distributors, acquired French rights to “The Chosen Ones” in the run-up to Cannes last-year, for instance.

Written by Pablos – with Pedro Peirano, the screenwriter of Pablo Larrain’s Oscar-nominated “No” and co-scribe on Sebastian Silva’s “The Maid” serving as a script consultant – “The Chosen Ones” followed on Pablos’ debut, »

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