Glendon Palmer Joins IM Global as SVP
His first project will be overseeing 'Southside With You,' inspired by the first date between Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson, the future first lady.
Glendon Palmer is joining IM Global as senior vice president development and production, it was announced on Friday by the company’s founder and CEO, Stuart Ford. Palmer will report to both Ford and president of production Matt Jackson.
Palmer’s first assignment will be shepherding the dramedy Southside With You, inspired by the first date in 1989 between lawyer Michelle Robinson and a young associate, Barack Obama. The film traces their footsteps from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor. Tika Sumpter is set to star as Michelle Obama, with casting underway for the role of the future president. Richard Tanne is making his directorial debut with the project based on his screenplay. Set to begin filming in Chicago in August, the film will be produced by Bob Teitel, Sumpter and Tanne, with Ford, Jackson, Palmer and Tracy Bing as executive producers.
Palmer will also oversee two previously announced projects: an untitled musical romantic drama from John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co. and IM Global that will be told through music Legend is curating, and Rolling Thunder, an urban comedy set in Atlanta that Bille Woodruff will direct, which will be the first film from the recently announced co-production pact between IM Global Music and Republic Records.
Palmer will also oversee development on The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, based on the novel by Jeff Hobbs, which Antoine Fuqua and his writing partner Jamal Joseph are adapting for the screen, with Fuqua Films producing.
“Glendon is a hugely talented and popular executive and an important hire for our production division. There is a sea change happening in how America and the international market view multi-cultural film and television content, and it’s entirely within the spirit of IM Global for us to be at the vanguard of this growth,” Ford said.
Prior to joining IM Global, Palmer was an indie producer who developed and produced 2011’s Jumping the Broom for Sony Pictures. Previous to that, he was a development and production executive at Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and an exec at Robert L. Johnson’s and Tracey Edmonds’ Our Stories Films. His most recent credits are Marked Man, currently in development, and Hurt Village, which will go into production this summer.