AboutIvanhoe Pictures was formed in late 2013 as a motion picture and television financing and production entity. The company's principal offices are in Los Angeles, New York, and Beijing, with affiliate branches in Singapore and London.
In March 2017, Ivanhoe merged with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based production-finance company, to create SK Global, a new company which produces and finances film and TV projects globally. Backed and co-founded by Sidney Kimmel (Jones New York) and Robert Friedland (Ivanhoe Mines), the venture is overseen by John Penotti, seasoned President and producer who has led companies such as GreeneStreet Films, Ivanhoe Pictures, and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE). SK Global has retained the labels "Sidney Kimmel Entertainment" and "Ivanhoe Pictures" in their respective markets.
Ivanhoe, along with Warner Bros. and Color Force, produced and co-financed the recent hit romantic comedy CRAZY RICH ASIANS, an adaptation of Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel directed by Jon M. Chu (NOW YOU SEE ME 2), with a fully-Asian cast including Michelle Yeoh, Constance Wu, and Henry Golding --- a first for a Hollywood studio.
Ivanhoe develops, produces, and acquires content for a global audience, and has established a number of key partnerships to produce local-language films in China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Latin America. This includes the limited series GHOUL, which debuted on Netflix in August 2018 and is a partnership with Blumhouse Productions and Mumbai-based Phantom Films. With Fox International Pictures they produced the South Korean thriller THE WAILING by director Na Hong-jin (THE CHASER, THE YELLOW SEA), which has become Fox's all-time second-highest grossing film in Korea. In China, Ivanhoe partnered with Beijing-based Hairun Pictures on biopic MY OTHER HOME, starring NBA/CBA star Stephon Marbury. Ivanhoe has also acquired film rights to Ryan Graudin's young adult, action-adventure novel, THE WALLED CITY, set in China's fabled Kowloon City.