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One month after leaving Global Road Entertainment — Tang Media Partners’ combination of Open Road Films and IM Global — exec Greg Shapiro has found a new gig with former IM Global head Stuart Ford.
Shapiro is joining Ford’s AGC Studios to oversee all feature film development and production as the company’s head of film, the position he previously held at IM Global.
In August of last year, Ford was abruptly terminated by IM Global following Tang’s 2016 acquisition of the majority stake of the independent film distributor. AGC was first announced in February as a multi-platform production company that will span film, scripted television, unscripted television, digital and music production, as well as being a global licensing platform.
As a producer, Shapiro picked up an Oscar for his work on The Hurt Locker. His other credits include Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and Detroit.
During his short tenure at IM Global, Shapiro shepherded a number projects into production, including the Blake Lively spy thriller The Rhythm Section, Serenity, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, and the drama Richard Says Goodbye starring Johnny Depp.
“Greg is one of the outstanding feature film producers in the industry today and, as I know from our time together at IM Global, also an inspirational production figurehead,” said Ford, who made today’s announcement. “His proven taste, producing know-how and talent relationships will be a huge commercial and critical asset to AGC Studios and its partners as we build our film and television business.”
Added Shapiro: “Stuart and I had a highly productive run at IM Global, and I am very proud of the films that we made and the talent relationships that we fostered. I’m certain that we can build upon and multiply that effort at AGC, as we endeavor to produce distinguished content across platforms, and provide for a protected environment for filmmakers and all of our creative partners alike.”
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