Michael Rothstein has joined IM Global as president of international sales and distribution, stepping into the void left by Jonathan Deckter, who Deadline exclusively revealed had joined Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures as president and COO.
In Rothstein, IM Global topper Stuart Ford has found an experienced and well-respected sales exec. Rothstein was previously President of International at the Weinstein Co. where he served from its launch in 2005 until 2013. Prior to that, he was a sales executive at Miramax Films from 1997 to 2004. Ford himself is an alumni of the Weinstein brothers, having spent seven years at Miramax.
Rothstein will oversee a sales operation spread across regional offices in Los Angeles, London, Beijing and Mexico City. Reporting to Rothstein will be sales and distribution executives Tatyana Joffe, Emil Elmér, David Jourdan, Leslie Chen, Callum Grant, Talia Goldman and Weihan Zhang, as well as a sales division of over 40 people encompassing sales, marketing, legal, accounting, collections and technical operations.
In addition, Rothstein will be active in licensing of the company’s library of approximately 250 titles and will also take a management role in the company’s wholly owned Southeast Asian distribution venture Apsara, which handles 6-10 wide release titles a year through an output deal with Buena Vista International.
“It’s over a decade since Michael and I were colleagues at Miramax and since then I’ve watched with admiration as he’s grown into one of the most respected and well-liked sales chiefs in the industry,” commented Ford. “I’m highly confident that his know-how, profile and sophistication will be a major addition to our senior management team.”
IM Global has a number of high profile productions in the pipeline, including the Mel Gibson-directed Hacksaw Ridge starring Andrew Garfield and The Man Who Made It Snow with filmmaker Antoine Fuqua and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.