Stuart Ford's AGC Studios has hired Michael Rothstein as president of worldwide distribution where he will oversee the studio’s worldwide sales and distribution activity.Rothstein was previously president of international sales and distribution at Ford's IM Global and, before that, president of international sales at the Weinstein Company.Thursday's news follows the March 12 announcement that Academy Award-winning feature film producer Greg Shapiro is re-teaming with Ford at AGC Studios as head of film. AGC Studios was announced in February with significant...
Born in the UK, Ford has a BA and an MA in Law from Oxford University. He started out as an entertainment attorney in London before moving to New York in 1997 to join Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s Miramax Films, where he held a variety of senior roles, including co-head of the company’s acquisitions unit and co-head of the company’s international sales and distribution operation, Miramax International.
In 2007, he founded IM Global, which began as an international sales company that grew into a truly global producing, financing, distribution and licensing studio over the course of nine years, with backing from India’s Reliance Entertainment and Donald Tang’s Tang Media Partners (TMP), and offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Munich, Mumbai, Mexico City, Beijing and Shanghai. It has been active in the Bollywood, Latino and Chinese film industries, launching Latino sales arm Mundial in partnership with Canana, LA- based Latino Talent management company Valor Entertainment, and Go Global, a Beijing-based International Marketing and PR Company.
Aside from acquiring a majority stake in IM Global in a deal reportedly valued at some $200 million, TMP is also backing a new TV production joint venture with China’s Tencent, IM Global and Reliance. He is is currently buoyed by two strong awards-season contenders on the IM Global slate: Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.”