The popular executive has left IM Global and joins Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel’s production, financing and distribution company as head of acquisitions and development.

The hire marks the next stage in the Los Angeles-based company’s evolution as it enters its second year and focuses on builing up the stable of commercial title from The Solution and genre label Synchronicity Entertainment.

ElWardi’s role will encompass the entire group and she will work to acquire third-party fare and produce and finance material from within the fold.

As head of acquisitions at IM Global she brought in such titles as Lee Daniel’s The Butler, thriller Dead Man Down and Richard Linklater’s recent Berlin and Sundance entry, Before Midnight.

Prior to IM Global ElWardi served at First Look International and FilmBank Capital, where she researched financial structuring and valuation analysis for single-picture and slate financing with Castle Rock Entertainment and Warner Bros.