Greg Foster
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United States
2018

IMAX

Greg
Foster

CEO / Sr. EVP

When Foster joined IMAX back in 2001, the company was known for immersive, big-screen experiences almost exclusively limited to 40-minute nature documentaries. Today, such edu-fare can barely find purchase on IMAX screens, as the company expanded from institutional venues to megaplexes. Foster came to IMAX from the studio side, where he had been exec VP of production at MGM/UA at a time when the company was dabbling in Hollywood partnerships. His focus was on creating strategic alliances with other studios, made possible by IMAX’s proprietary Digital Media Remastering process (DMR) that could make 35mm prints adapt to its massive screens. One of Foster’s biggest accomplishments has been boosting the company’s screen count to more than 1,100 worldwide.

Career

  • MGM Studios
  • IMAX
  • Umogul

Education

  • Georgetown University (DC, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Imax Taps Megan Colligan as Entertainment President, Greg Foster Departing

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Megan Colligan, the former marketing and distribution chief at Paramount Pictures, has been tapped as president of Imax Entertainment and vice president of Imax Corporation.It's a changing of the guard at the highest levels of an exhibition giant that has become a major force in popcorn movies. Colligan replaces Greg Foster, who has served as Imax's ambassador to Hollywood for the past 18 years. Foster will depart the wide-screen company, where he served as CEO of Imax Entertainment, at the...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“Always honor your partners.”

What or who inspires you?

“I'm inspired by my family - my wife Marci and our three boys. They keep it real, are authentic and never waiver that family comes first. I'm also inspired by the relentlessness of IMAX. Rich Gelfond is the vision behind our business and he has created an environment where thinking out of the box is rewarded. We're constantly pushing forward - never complacent - and that's a recipe that has worked.”

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