Miramax hires ex-MGM president Jonathan Glickman as CEO, eyes ‘local story-telling’

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Miramax has named former MGM president Jonathan Glickman as its new CEO and said it wants to expand “local story-telling” and production outside of Hollywood.

Glickman replaces Bill Block – whose exit was revealed last year – and will take immediate control at Miramax, which is a joint venture between beIN Media Group and Paramount Global.

As part of his appointment, Miramax is also acquiring a raft of projects from Panoramic Media, which he launched in 2022. Before that, he worked on movies and series including Skyfall, Spectre and the Creed franchise, including Creed 3 on Netflix, at MGM Motion Picture Group.

His exit comes four months after the exit of Block, who had been in the role since 2017.

Bill Block

The company is behind upcoming series including a reboot of Project Greenlight for Max with Issa Rae, Paramount’s The Turkish Detective and a TV series based on The Gentleman for Netflix.

It also greenlit a Dev Patel drama last year exploring the fall from grace of financier Arif Naqvi, while its upcoming film output includes Paul Giamatti-starring Sideways.

Block took over at Miramax following its sale to Qatar-based beIN Media in 2016, with Paramount (then ViacomCBS) taking a 49% minority stake in 2019.

Miramax said Glickman’s “strong track-record of creating premium and commercially successful new films and television from intellectual property (IP), with expertise spanning all content platforms” made him “uniquely suited” to lead the company as it looks to mine the company’s IP library and create originals.

Miramax-owned IP includes over 700 titles, including No Country For Old Men, The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love, as well as Pulp Fiction, Rounders and Gangs Of New York.

Glickman said: “With its world-renowned library and the united desire from its shareholders to produce IP-based as well as original projects, Miramax is uniquely placed to be the leading independent film and television studio for the years to come.”

Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, chairman of beIN Media Group, added: “Jonathan’s leadership will see Miramax broaden our already-extensive IP base and build upon our commitment to compelling original content.

“We will also focus on expanding Miramax’s footprint across the globe, with local story-telling and production outside of Hollywood, across movies and series. Together with our partners at Paramount, we welcome Jonathan to the team and look forward to continued creativity, innovation and growth.”

Brian Robbins, president & CEO at Paramount Pictures, said: “I’ve known and worked with Jonathan for over two decades and I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome him in this new role.

“With his combination of creative and commercial instincts, he will undoubtedly build on Miramax’s recent successes and deliver a new generation of iconic hit films and series.”

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