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.
Mark Stern, President, SCRIPTED 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.