The extension comes six years after the exec launched the sales-financing-production banner at Cannes — and two days after the conclusion of this year’s market.
IM Global usually brings 15 to 18 new projects a year into the market via its separate sales labels handling mainstream commercial, arthouse, genre and foreign language films. It’s been backed by Reliance Entertainment since 2010, when Ford sold a majority stake in the business to the Indian conglomerate
Ford remains the second-biggest shareholder and oversees day-to-day production, financing, sales, distribution, marketing, acquisitions, legal and strategic activities.
IM Global’s upcoming releases include “Walking With Dinosaurs”; tech thriller “Paranoia” starring Liam Hemsworth and Harrison Ford; Brit thriller “Hummingbird” with Jason Statham; horror thriller “Angry Little God”; and Catherine Hardwicke’s “Plush.” A trio of its genre films go into production in June — “Revenge of the Green Dragons,” directed by Andrew Lau; Joe Carnahan’s “Stretch,” starring Patrick Wilson and Chris Pine and the sequel to spoof “A Haunted House.”
IM Global has multi-year output deals for the U.K., Germany, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Canada and Latin America along with owning pan-Asian rights buyer Apsara Distribution. It launched Latin American sales joint venture Mundial last year with Mexico’s Canana and is a partner with Canada’s Entertainment One in production joint venture Automatik.
It also announced a foreign sales partnership at Cannes with Jason Blum to launch Blumhouse International and plans to open a Beijing office soon in addition to its offices in Los Angeles and London.
“It’s been a thrilling ride so far and I’m looking forward immensely to the next chapter of the IM Global story,” Ford said.