Stuart Ford founded IM GLOBAL in 2007. The company is one of the leading film financing, sales and distribution companies in the world, championing a wide variety of cinema, including mainstream commercial, art house, foreign language and genre fare. In May 2010, Reliance Entertainment, part of Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA Group, acquired a majority shareholding in the company. The company has offices in Los Angeles, London, Mumbai, Mexico City, and Beijing.
IM Global's core business is international film sales and licensing. In 2013, IM Global’s international sales division ranked #1 in international box office market share amongst independent film companies. Since it’s inception, IM Global has accumulated a diverse and valuable worldwide library of over 160 titles and the company’s films have collectively grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
As a production financier, IM Global has backed 15 pictures over the past 3 years, quickly establishing itself as one of Hollywood’s most prolific film financing entities. For IM Global-financed films, the company has struck output arrangements with first-class distributors in several key territories including the UK, Germany, Canada, Latin America, Spain and CIS.
Additionally, IM Global wholly owns and operates Apsara Distribution, a pan-Asian rights buying and distribution vehicle. Apsara enjoys a multi-picture output deal with Buena Vista International, providing studio level distribution for the company's films and third-party acquisitions across Southeast Asia.
In addition to the sales, financing and distribution operations, IM Global has launched several thriving joint-ventures and strategic partnerships around the world: Blumhouse International, a distribution and servicing agreement with powerhouse genre film producer Jason Blum; Mundial, a Latin American sales venture with Mexico’s leading production house Canana; Automatik, a joint-venture production entity with Canada's largest independent studio E1 Entertainment; and Dolphin Films International, a partnership with leading family content provider Dolphin Entertainment. Most recently, IM Global established a partnership with China's dominant Huayi Brothers to be the exclusive output partner of Huayi's Chinese language films, further strengthening the company's presence in Greater China.