The move comes two weeks after MGM co-head Roger Birnbaum’s announcement that he was moving into an executive producer role at the studio that he and partner Gary Barber bought out of bankruptcy two years ago. That made Barber the sole chairman and CEO, and now he has his former Spyglass Entertainment president Jonathan Glickman locked in until 2017 to run the feature film unit. Here’s the announcement:
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 15, 2012) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. (MGM) President of Motion Picture Group Jonathan Glickman has signed a new agreement that extends his term to 2017, it was announced today by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Barber. Glickman will continue in his current role overseeing development and production for all feature films, as well as targeting co-financing opportunities with other studios. He will continue to report to Barber.
Since joining MGM, Glickman oversaw “Skyfall,” the much anticipated 23rdJames Bond film produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, for the studio. Additionally, Glickman has supervised the adaptation of Stephen King’s “Carrie,” directed by Kimberly Peirce and starring Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore, as well as “Robocop” directed by José Padilha. Future high profile MGM projects include: “Hercules,” starring Dwayne Johnson, “The Machine” starring Vin Diesel, “The Magnificent Seven” starring Tom Cruise, as well as reboots of the “Deathwish” and “Poltergeist” franchises.
Jonathan Glickman joined MGM as President of the Motion Picture Group in February 2012 from his post as President of Spyglass Entertainment. At Spyglass, along with Barber and Roger Birnbaum, he produced the sleeper hit “The Vow,” starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams which grossed over $125M in domestic box office. Glickman also produced such films as “Four Christmases,” “27 Dresses,” “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” “The Pacifier,” “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “Shanghai Noon.”
Glickman started his career with Birnbaum at Caravan Pictures in 1993, where he brought in such projects as “While You Were Sleeping” and executive produced “Grosse Pointe Blank.” In 1998 he produced the global smash hit “Rush Hour,” as well as the franchise’s sequels.