Speaker Profile MIPCOM

John Penotti

Job TitleCo-CEO

Company NameSK Global


John Penotti is the Co-CEO of SK Global (www.skglobalentertainment.com), with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Singapore. The company specializes in the finance, development and production of international, premium global content. As an independent producer, Penotti has produced over 45 films and has been a prominent industry executive since his start working with legendary director Sidney Lumet. Penotti also produced and co-financed the Golden Globe nominated comedy Crazy Rich Asians, an adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel directed by Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2) distributed by Warner Bros. The all-Asian cast, which includes Michelle Yeoh and Constance Wu, opened number one at the box office and is now one of the highest grossing romantic comedies of all time in the U.S. Penotti also executive produced the Taiwanese film Cities of Last Things, directed by Wi Ding Ho, which won the 2018 Toronto Platform Prize at TIFF, and the dramatic Netflix Hindi-language series Delhi Crime from award-winning director Richie Mehta, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Netflix has committed to a second season. Via the company, Penotti has established a number of key partnerships to produce local-language films in China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Latin America and Indonesia. This includes relationships with Blumhouse Productions to produce a comprehensive slate of local-language genre films in India, including the current Netflix multiyear series Ghoul. Penotti oversaw the financing and production of the celebrated modern western Hell or High Water starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine which earned four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, and the thriller Greta from director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz recently released via Focus Features. Upcoming US projects include the dark comedy The Jesus Rolls, written and directed by John Turturro (The Night Of) and starring Turturro, Audrey Tautou, and Susan Sarandon, the adaptation of the best-selling book Billion Dollar Whale and the film adaptation of the break out hit documentary Three Identical Strangers. In 2016, Penotti Executive Produced director Na Hong-jin's Korean phenomenon The Wailing, an Official Selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The film grossed $50M at the Korean box-office, making it the second highest-grossing Fox Korea film of all time after Avatar. Penotti was the founding partner and President of GreeneStreet Films, a NY-based company from 1994 until 2013. While there, he oversaw the financing and producing of over thirty films, including the five-time Academy Award-nominated In the Bedroom, the #1 box office thriller Swimfan, the studio hit comedy Uptown Girls, Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion, the action-thriller Crank, and the documentary Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos. In 2017, Penotti successfully oversaw the merger of Ivanhoe Pictures with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, moving Ivanhoe’s US headquarters to Los Angeles to create the single entity SK Global. With Penotti serving as founding president, SK Global strives to incorporate SKE’s expert knowledge of the traditional independent film and television finance models with the international partnerships and understanding of local-language markets of Ivanhoe Pictures. The result, a single, unique company with a storied foundation in Hollywood filmmaking and strong working relationships with local producers around the globe. Additionally, with a combined library of over 100 titles, SK Global has an extensive catalogue of intellectual property with remake potential in virtually every significant film market.


About the company:

SK Global is the newly-announced merged entity of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Ivanhoe Pictures, focusing on premium content with worldwide reach and local market understanding. With operations in Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Beijing, the independent company is dedicated to developing, financing, and producing high quality, commercial content for motion picture, television, virtual reality, and digital media.

Conference Sessions


    15-10-2019, 09:15 - 09:35, Esterel, Palais 5

    International content powerhouses unveil their creative approaches and business strategies to develop, finance, produce and distribute platform-agnostic content...

    • Language: English
      1. Event Date
        Tue, Oct 15
      2. Event Theme MIPCOM / MIPJunior
        Production Funding Forum
      3. Event Type MIPCOM / MIPJunior
        Panel Discussion