Stuart Ford is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AGC Studios and is one of the most experienced and prolific independent film and television producers and financiers in the industry. UK-born and Oxford educated, Ford is a former entertainment attorney and studio executive who in 2007 founded IM Global, which over the next ten years he built into one of the industry’s leading independent film and television production, financing and sales platforms. Under Ford’s stewardship IM Global operated from offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Mexico City, Berlin and Beijing. The company produced and financed over 30 feature films of its own as well as handling international sales on more than one hundred first run feature films and handling a library of over 600 titles. The company also owned Mundial, a leading Latino sales and financing company; operated one of the premier international sales platforms for Chinese cinema; and operated Valor Entertainment, a multi-cultural talent management group. In addition, as a joint venture with Chinese internet giant Tencent, the company operated IM Global Television, a full service scripted and unscripted television production, financing and distribution studio.
In 2015 IM Global and Ford were the recipient of Variety’s Achievement in International Film Award, and Ford has also been listed by the UK’s Guardian newspaper as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Global Cinema. Ford is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
In February 2018 Chairman and CEO Stuart Ford launched AGC Studios, a new international film and television production and licensing company that develops, produces, finances and globally licenses a diverse portfolio of feature films, scripted, unscripted and factual television, digital, and musical content from its dual headquarters in Los Angeles and London. The studio’s Hollywood output has a wide-ranging multicultural focus, designed for exploitation across an array of global platforms including major studio partnerships, streaming platforms, traditional broadcast and cable television networks, and independent distributors, both in the US and internationally.