“The Hurt Locker” producer Greg Shapiro has joined the independent studio IM Global as president of feature film production.
Shapiro will oversee all feature film production and financing activity.
“It’s a tremendous boost for our already vibrant film production and financing operation to have such a highly respected and commercially successful heavyweight as Greg join to head the team,” IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford said on Monday. “We have an exciting slate of filmmaker-driven productions in the pipeline for 2017 and we hope Greg’s arrival will give us even greater momentum as we end 2016 on a high note.”
Shapiro won a best picture Academy Award as a producer on Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 drama “The Hurt Locker.” He was also an executive producer on Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and is producing her untitled project, currently filming in Boston.
Shapiro most recently produced “Child 44,” starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace; and James Gray’s “The Immigrant,” starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in competition. Other credits include “The Conspirator,” “The Rum Diary,” ” The Rules of Attraction,” and the “Harold and Kumar” franchise.
IM Global is a partner on upcoming awards contenders “Hacksaw Ridge” from director Mel Gibson and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” It’s also teamed with Blumhouse to co-produce “Incarnate,” starring Aaron Eckhart; was a financing partner on Gary Ross’ “Free State of Jones”; and produced and financed the Julia Roberts mystery “Secret in Their Eyes,” directed by Billy Ray.
IM Global was a producer on “Southside With You” and financed the supernatural thriller “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” with Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox. It will start production early next year on the Mila Kunis comedy “Jackpot” from director Will Gluck.
The company’s U.K. productions include the political drama “The Journey,” starring Timothy Spall, and Eon Productions’ drama “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, and Julie Walters
“Stuart Ford has built an impressive company that has consistently evolved and thrived amidst an ever changing landscape of film and television production,” Shapiro said. “Equal to his success as a content creator is the collaborative culture that he has fostered at IM Global, and I look forward to joining forces with not just Stuart, but his entire team.”
Matt Jackson had served as president of film production at IM Global until departing earlier this year for The Mark Gordon Company.
Earlier this year, Los Angeles-based Tang Media Partners assumed a controlling ownership position in IM Global to help accelerate the company’s growth initiatives and arranged a new television production joint venture, IM Global Television, among IM Global, TMP, and Tencent Holdings. It also launched the PR and marketing unit GO Global, which is focused on representing Chinese media companies, brands, and talent in the international festival arena.
Shapiro was represented in the negotiation by attorney Darren Trattner from Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Chris Bosco negotiated for IM Global.