Stuart Ford founded IM GLOBAL in 2007. The prolific entertainment company operates one of the world’s leading international film sales and distribution platforms controlling a library of more than 250 films which collectively have grossed more than $5 billion in worldwide box office. As a Hollywood producer/financier the company has financed over 20 features, establishing itself as one of the most prolific financiers outside of the major Hollywood studios. The company is also one of the leading international sales agencies in the industry and IM Global’s combined self-produced and third party output enjoyed #1 worldwide box office share outside of the major studios in both 2013 and 2014. 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, New York, London, Mumbai, Mexico City, and Beijing.
In mid-2014 the company launched IM Global Television, focusing on developing, producing, financing and distribution of scripted content for network, cable and SVOD platforms, led by former Syfy Channel President of Original Content Mark Stern. In December 2014 the company launched IM Global Music, focusing on acquiring song catalogues, soundtracks, music supervision services and developing music driven film and television content. Run by veteran music industry publisher and financier David Schulhof, the venture recently announced a strategic film production partnership with leading US record label Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group, and a partnership with leading independent music publishing and global music rights management services company Kobalt. For more information, please visit www.imglobalfilm.com.
Vine is a leading provider of liquidity and capital to established creators and owners of film and television content. Since its founding, Vine has committed more than $700 million to investments in assets backed by major motion pictures, television, and other media and entertainment content. Vine was established on the principle that successful investing in the sector is driven by focus, attention to detail, and a highly disciplined approach. The team seeks to partner with established film and television production companies, distribution companies, and other owners and creators of content. For more information, please visit www.vinealternativeinvestments.com.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading global law firm providing innovative legal services and business solutions to individuals and institutions. We are one of the world’s largest law firms, with more than 900 lawyers and professionals in 20 offices. The firm’s clients range from individuals to corporations and foreign governments. Our entertainment practice has been recognized for many years as a key industry player in global entertainment and media transactions. The foundation of our entertainment practice is the representation of clients in complex transactions involving the production, financing and distribution of films and television worldwide. Based in our Los Angeles office, our entertainment attorneys execute deals efficiently and seamlessly around the world with the assistance of our lawyers on the ground in New York, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Beijing, London and Moscow. For more information, please visit www.akingump.com.
EP Financial Solutions, a subsidiary of Entertainment Partners, is the industry’s largest and most experienced incentives team, drawing on unparalleled expertise in maximizing U.S. and international incentives. They offer services that include production and legislative consulting, film financing, tax credit placement, production planning and administration, and procurement. They also publish The Guide: An Essential Resource for Global Production Incentives, used by producers to determine where to shoot their next production and how to reduce overall costs. Visit their website at www.epfinancialsolutions.com.
Sheppard Mullin is a full service Global 100 firm with 750 attorneys in 15 offices located in the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm’s Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice is consistently recognized among the top entertainment law practices, most recently being named “Practice Group of The Year” in 2015 by Law360. In addition, the group was recently ranked in the top tier by Chambers USA the U.S. Legal 500 and Media law International. Many other publications and organizations have also recognized the group and its individual members as leading lawyers in their fields, including U.S. News & World Report, the editors of Law and Politics (“Super Lawyers”), the National Law Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The Daily Journal, Corporate INTLMagazine, Interactive Age, and the prestigious Burton Awards (granted in conjunction with the Library of Congress). Our full-service multi-disciplinary group represents major motion picture studios, television networks, independent producers, new media companies, financial institutions, investors, financiers and other institutional and individual entertainment, media and convergence clients. We have been involved in some of the most significant and high profile matters in the industry.
The Hollywood Reporter is the entertainment industry's flagship media brand. With in- depth reporting, analysis, unprecedented access, world-class photography and video, and feature exclusives, The Hollywood Reporter is the definitive source for breaking entertainment and business news. THR won the 2015 American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the category of Special Interest Magazines. Additionally, the brand took home 10 SoCal journalism awards in 2015, more than any other news outlet, in categories including Best Website and Entertainment Journalist of the Year.
The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group reached 30 million individuals worldwide online in July 2015, ranking number 5 among comScore entertainment- news properties, delivering news to an audience of industry power players and consumers deeply invested in entertainment content. In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter staff won Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards for The Hollywood Reporter in Focus: The Wolf of Wall Street. The Hollywood Reporter's platforms include an award-winning weekly magazine, dynamic web and mobile sites, festival and awards season apps, tablet, iPad editions, social media, and branded events. The Hollywood Reporter and SundanceTV partnered together in 2015 to co-produce and broadcast "Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter," an original non-fiction series featuring panels with potential 2015 Emmy nominees. Follow The Hollywood Reporter on Twitter @thr and on Facebook at facebook.com/HollywoodReporter and on Instagram @hollywoodreporter.
FilmFestivals.com, established 1995, is the premier online media and promotion platform for films, festivals, buyers and media on the circuit.
ProductionHUB is the global network of local crew & vendors, for all your production needs — from corporate media and live events to film, television, digital media, and everything in between. We reduce the headaches and uncertainty associated with hiring in this extremely specialized industry by connecting you to the best vetted, professional content creators and vendors to bring your project to life.
For nearly 20 years, ProductionHUB has been a B2B resource for professionals behind-the-scenes in media & entertainment; but now with the popularity of high-quality video, thousands of businesses, agencies and studios rely on us as their video staffing & procurement partner. For more information, please visit www.productionhub.com.
TrueSpark is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to expose, immerse, and engage America's youth on issues of character through watching inspiring movies and participating in interactive educational activities. To learn more or to donate: www.truespark.org.