Stuart, from the Class of 1988 is now based in Los Angeles, and is the Founder and CEO of IM Global, one of Hollywood’s leading film production, financing and distribution companies.
How would you describe your time at the Blue Coat ?
A significant and formative experience. At the time it just felt like life as normal, but with hindsight I realise that I thrived amidst a culture of excellence and surrounded primarily by peers who did likewise.
How did your experience at the Blue Coat prepare you for your career?
I learned how to set myself targets. I learned that I was someone who enjoyed giving his best. Ultimately I discovered that you don’t have to be the tallest, the loudest or even the smartest to be a winner. Just focused.
What has been your path since?
Initially an orthodox one—a law degree from Oxford followed by four years of practice as an entertainment industry lawyer. Then, rightly or wrongly, I started to take some risks. I moved to New York and became an executive at Miramax Films (the studio that made films like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, The English Patient and Shakespeare In Love) eventually becoming the studio’s head of worldwide distribution at the woefully tender age of 31. When I was 34 I left and after a twelve month detour trying (unsuccessfully) to buy Liverpool FC I moved to LA with my wife and young son in 2006 and started IM Global.
What do you do now?
I’m the Founder and CEO of IM Global, one of Hollywood’s leading film production, financing and distribution companies. My partner since 2010 has been Indian billionaire Anil Ambani (whose other major investment in Hollywood is Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks Pictures). We’re one of the most recognisable and active company’s in Hollywood having produced over 25 feature films and with additional offices or co-ventures in London, Beijing, Mexico City and Mumbai. Our biggest film to date ‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ comes out in the UK and worldwide this Christmas.
What would be your advice to students at the Blue Coat today?
Believe in yourself completely.