IM Global Television is a full-service television studio that develops, finances, produces, and distributes high-quality unscripted and scripted content for the domestic and international marketplace. Led by industry veterans, IM Global Television has been created with a deep well of experience in television development and production, an innovative business approach, and a solid financial foundation. These assets make IM Global Television uniquely able to team with top-tier creative talent to deliver creative, bold and compelling programming.
In June 2016, Los Angeles based Tang Media Partners (“TMP”) assumed a controlling ownership position in IM Global to help accelerate the company’s growth initiatives. Simultaneously, TMP arranged a new, expanded television production joint venture among IM Global, TMP, and Tencent Holdings. The IM Global television JV included an innovative first-of-its-kind programming investment fund arranged by TMP.
In 2016 the company announced a multi-year first look deal David S. Goyer’s Phantom Productions.
STUART FORD, FOUNDER & CEO, IM GLOBAL
Stuart Ford founded IM GLOBAL in 2007. The prolific independent studio operates one of the world’s leading international film and television production, sales and distribution platforms and has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Munich, Mumbai, Mexico City, Beijing and Shanghai.
In June 2016, Los Angeles and Shanghai based investment fund Tang Media Partners (“TMP”) acquired a majority ownership interest in IM Global from shareholders Ford and India’s Reliance Entertainment, and in a parallel transaction the company and TMP partnered under the IM Global Television banner with Asian internet giant Tencent in a television production joint venture which includes a dedicated television production investment fund. Ford, remaining a significant shareholder in the company, is a senior board member and continues to control day to day operations as Chief Executive Officer of both IM Global and IM Global Television.
Launched in 2014, IM Global Television is a full-service television studio that develops, finances, produces, and distributes high-quality scripted and unscripted content for the domestic and international marketplace. IM Global Television’s current slate includes projects with major talent such as award winning showrunner David S. Goyer, Noah Hawley, Oscar nominee M. Night Shyamalan, Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski’s Infinitum Nihil, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced, Antoine Fuqua, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti.
IM Global Television also has a fast growing scripted and unscripted international distribution business and current projects include Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall, Justice from Image Nation, Funny Or Die’s first feature length parody film iSTEVE as well as 800 videos from the company’s library, Imagine TV’s The Apartment and Fit for Fashion, Litton Entertainment’s Save Our Shelter and Justice Served: Murderous Affairs from Bellum Entertainment.
Born in the UK, Ford was educated at the Bluecoat School in Liverpool, and later obtained both a BA and an MA in Law from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University. He began his career in the early nineties as an entertainment attorney in London before moving to New York in 1997 to join Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s Miramax Films. In seven years at Miramax, Ford filled a variety of senior roles including Co-Head of the company’s Acquisitions division and Co-Head of the company’s International Sales and Distribution operation Miramax International.
At IM Global as the company’s senior strategic decision marker, Ford oversees the company’s day to day production financing, international distribution, acquisitions, marketing, publicity, financial and legal operations. He is a regular speaker, panelist and broadcaster around the world and on the evolving cultural and technological issues influencing the global film and television industries and in 2015, Ford and his company won the prestigious Variety Award for Achievement in International film.
Mark Stern, President, IM Global Television
Prior to forming IM Global Television, Mark Stern was President of Original Content at Syfy. During his 11-year tenure, Stern built a development team and slate of programming that vaulted the network into the top 5, defined its brand, and cemented its reputation as a home for well-produced, critically-acclaimed, highly-rated original programming. Among the dozens of scripted and unscripted series he shepherded were BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, WAREHOUSE 13, EUREKA, BEING HUMAN, DEFIANCE, ALPHAS, STARGATE: ATLANTIS, CAPRICA, GHOST HUNTERS, FACE OFF, DESTINATION TRUTH, THE TRIANGLE, AND TIN MAN. Cumulatively, they have garnered over 200 award nominations and awards, including 40 Emmy nominations and 5 wins.
In June 2008, Stern was also made the Co-Head of Original Content at Universal Cable Productions, responsible for the development, sale, and production of content for networks both within and outside the NBCU portfolio.
Prior to Syfy, Stern was a partner at Trilogy Entertainment Group where, as president of its television division, he executive produced over 300 hours of television. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Phil Gurin, PRESIDENT, UNSCRIPTED & ALTERNATIVE, IM GLOBAL TELEVISION
In 2016 Emmy Award Winning Producer, writer and creator Phil Gurin joined IM Global Television as President of Unscripted and Alternative. Founder of The Gurin Company, one of the industry’s leading independent creators, producers and distributors of non-scripted television, Gurin has been responsible for executive producing, creating and writing thousands of hours of television across multiple genres including live event, game, music, hidden camera, comedy, stunt, clip show, factual, dramatic re-enactment, docu-soaps and formatted reality. Gurin’s shows have aired on every major U.S. broadcast network, many cable networks, and in over 150 countries around the world. Gurin has won three Primetime Emmy Awards as an Executive Producer on ABC’s Shark Tank, and an international Rose d’Or (Golden Rose) for the comedy game show Oh Sit! which he co-created for The CW. In the past year, Gurin has created and executive produced original new formats for ITV1 (UK), NBC (USA) and CBC (Canada).
Eli Shibley, PRESIDENT, INTL DISTRIBUTION & CO-PRODUCTIONS, IM GLOBAL TELEVISION
Eli Shibley joined IM Global Television in July 2015 as President, International Distribution and Co-Productions. In addition to managing sales of the growing IM Global scripted slate, Shibley will also oversee acquisitions of third party scripted and unscripted projects from US, UK, and international content partners, as a nimble and independent distribution alternative in the increasingly dynamic world of international television.
Prior to IM Global Television, Shibley was the Senior Vice President of International Media and Formats at Electus. He also co-founded the London sales team for Shine International, and helped launch Reveille International in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Harvard University.