Former Syfy president of original content Mark Stern has come on board as president and partner in the new venture, IM Global Television.
The move comes less than two weeks after Screendaily was the first to reveal that IM Global had signed a deal to produce its first episodic, The Killing Pool.
Stern will be based in IM Global’s Los Angeles office and will be charged with creating high-quality scripted content via what a company representative claimed would be “an innovative approach” to development, production and deal-making.
“We’ve spent a considerable amount of time exploring the right entry point for IM Global to enter the television business and Mark brings to our new operation an outstanding track record, skill set and profile,” said IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford.
“In just seven years we’ve established ourselves as one of the most prolific feature film players outside of the major studios in Hollywood, and in partnership with Mark I look forward to us now becoming a recognised force in the fast-evolving global television arena.”
“With their impressive feature-film track-record, muscular financial backing, strong international relationships, and innovative entrepreneurial spirit, Stuart Ford and his team at IM Global are the perfect partners,” said Stern.
“I couldn’t be more excited to bring everything I’ve learned as a producer, network and studio executive to this new venture. Our ability to independently develop, produce, and distribute will give IM Global Television the creative and financial flexibility to empower top-tier talent and create distinctive, break-out television of uncompromising quality.”
At Syfy Stern shepherded dozens of scripted, long-form and unscripted series such as Battlestar Galactica, Helix, Being Human, Ghost Hunters, Face Off and Defiance.
He has also served as co-head of original content for Universal Cable Productions.