Yoram Globus

Yoram Globus (Hebrew: יורם גלובוס; born 7 September 1943) is an Israeli–American film producer, cinema owner, and distributor. He has been involved in over 300 full-length motion pictures and he is most known for his association with The Cannon Group, Inc., an American film production company, which he co-owned with his cousin Menahem Golan.[1]

Yoram Globus
Yoram Globus at Cannes film festival 2014.jpg
Globus in 2014
Born (1943-09-07) 7 September 1943 (age 79)
NationalityIsrael and United States
Occupation(s)Film producer, cinema owner, distributor
Known forFounder of Golan-Globus/The Cannon Group
Edna Lev
(m. 1991, divorced)
Lea Globus
(m. 1993)

Early lifeEdit

Yoram Globus was born in Tiberias, on the lake of Galilee, Palestine, British mandate of, now Israel, in 1943 to Jewish parents who immigrated from Poland. When he was three years old, his family moved to the northern city of Kiryat Motzkin. His father, Shmuel, built a cinema, which was unique at that time. When the cinema opened, Globus was 5 years old and very interested in all aspects of the cinema. He would help with whatever his father needed: from hanging posters, serving as a cashier, to promoting movies. At the age of 10 Yoram became the projectionist. During high school he moved to Tel Aviv, where his parents opened another cinema.

Globus graduated business school. He enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces, served as a combat soldier and officer, and retired as a lieutenant.

His cousin is Israeli filmmaker Menahem Golan.


In 1963, Globus partnered with his cousin Menahem Golan, who was already a well-known stage and film director in Israel. Together, they were instrumental in creating the film industry in the country. Over the years they were very successful, building a company that produced movies in Israel, in addition to co-productions in Europe. It became the number 1 production company in Israel. They distributed both European and Israeli movies. For more than 25 years they represented such American studios as Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount and DreamWorks in Israel.

Their most successful projects include Operation Thunderbolt (about the Entebbe raid, which was nominated for Academy Award), Kazablan (a musical sold to MGM), Lemon Popsicle, I Love You Rosa, and The House on Chelouche Street, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film by the Academy Awards. They had additional films that represented Israel in many film festivals, such as: Cannes, Berlin, AFM, Milano Film Market, and more.

In the early 1970s, Globus and Golan started to make movies in Europe (Magician of Lublin, based on the book by Isaac Bashevis Singer) and in Hollywood (Lepke with Tony Curtis, which was sold to Warner Bros., and The 4 Deuces, with Jack Palance and Carol Lynley, which was sold to Avco-Embassy).

Move to the United StatesEdit

In 1978, Globus and Golan moved to Hollywood, where they acquired The Cannon Group, Inc. for $500,000; it was traded on NASDQ for 25 cents a share. They went to the Cannes Film Festival that year and licensed Cannon's movies for approximately $2.5M. After acquiring 51% of the company's shares, they used the money to start making low-budget action movies.

In the beginning of the 1980s, Globus and Golan recognized that video was the next big thing; they signed actor Chuck Norris for a 7-year exclusive deal, Charles Bronson for a multiple-picture deal, and discovered Jean-Claude Van Damme and signed him for many pictures. They capitalized on the ninja trend, discovered Michael Dudikoff, and signed him to a multiple picture deal. Resulting films from these actions include : The "Missing in Action" series (Chuck Norris), The "Death Wish" series (Charles Bronson), "Blood Sport" (Jean-Claude Van Damme), and "American Ninja" (Michael Dudikoff).

The company elevated the production slate. Apart from the action movies, in 1982 they broadened their approach, producing such movies as: Sahara (Brooke Shields), The Championship Season (Bruce Dern and Martin Sheen), Wicked Lady (Faye Dunaway), and King Solomon's Mine (Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone). Over those years, the Cannon Group stock was moved to the NY stock exchange and rose in value p from 25 cents in the late 1970s to $48 in 1984. Cannon became the largest independent producer and distributor in the world.

By the mid-1980s, Cannon was producing an average of 40 films per year and had a net worth of over US$1 billion.[citation needed] Because of their fast, low-budget style of filmmaking, Globus and Golan earned the nickname "the Go-Go Boys." Among the films produced by Cannon are Bloodsport with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace with Christopher Reeve, King Lear directed by Jean-Luc Godard, Runaway Train (1985), Over The Top with Sylvester Stallone, and Street Smart with Morgan Freeman. During this time, Globus and Golan also acquired the rights to Spider-Man and Captain America.[citation needed]

With Cannon's success, Globus expanded the group's operations into additional territories. Cannon acquired approximately 1,600 cinemas across Europe and the United States (some of which were later purchased by Silvio Berlusconi), in addition to studios, an extensive film library and additional acquisitions. This widened the activities of Cannon and established the company as a leading conglomerate in the global film industry. During these years, Cannon financed their movies using a new approach, a strategy created and originated by Globus[citation needed].

It is now known as "the pre-sale strategy". Substantial pre-sales of unproduced films were made based on the strong salesmanship skills of Globus and the promotional advertising created by Design Projects. The financial deposits collected from these pre-sales were used to finance the production of the first film in a Cannon line-up, which when completed and delivered to worldwide theater owners, would generate enough capital to make the next film. For these purposes, Cannon would often commission mock movie posters before they had a script and would display large billboards at sales events such as the Cannes Film Festival.

During 1984, Cannon purchased Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment (see EMI Films) and their movie library for £175 million. Cannon sold the EMI British Film Library to Weintraub Entertainment Group for approximately $85 million. In 1989, "Pathé Communications," a holding company controlled by Italian businessman Giancarlo Parretti, purchased 39.4% of Cannon for 250 million dollars. During that same year, Golan, citing differences with both Parretti and Globus, resigned from his position. He left Cannon and Globus to launch his "21st Century Film Corporation." In 1990, Globus and Parietti merged Pathé with the American film company "MGM", at which time Globus became MGM president.

In 1993, having produced over 300 films, Globus returned to Israel to focus on his home company, "Globus Group." This includes a private "Globus" arm with a large film and television studio in Neve Ilan (where various Israeli stations broadcast, such as the Israeli News Company). Globus is responsible for a significant part of the Israeli film distribution industry ("Noah CPP") and owns the public arm "Globus Max," which owns and operates numerous theaters in Israel. In 1999, Globus was given the Ophir Award for "Lifetime Achievement" by the Israeli Academy of Film and Television.[citation needed]

During 2014, two documentary films were made about Golan/Globus and their "Cannon Films" story. Warner Bros released Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, which was produced by RatPac-Dune Entertainment. That same year, the Israeli documentary The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.[2]

In 2015, Globus sold "Globus Max" and returned to Hollywood to launch a new film production company, "Rebel Way Entertainment." The company seeks to reconnect young and web-crazy audiences with the traditional theatrical experience.[3]



  • Rak Klavim Ratzim Hofshi (Only Dogs Run Free) (2006) (filming) [Producer]
  • Melah Ha'arets (Salt of the Land) (2006) [Executive Producer] [Producer]
  • All Is Well by Me (2005) [Executive Producer]
  • Va, vis et deviens (2005) [associate producer]
  • Tipul Nimratz (2002) TV Series [Producer]
  • Lemon Popsicle 9: The Party Goes On (2001) [Producer]




  • The Magician of Lublin (1979) [Producer]
  • Imi Hageneralit (My Mother the General) (1979) [Producer]
  • Nisuin Nusah Tel Aviv (Marriage Tel Aviv Style) (1979) [Producer]
  • Going Steady a.k.a. Yotzim Kavua a.k.a. Lemon Popsicle II (1979) [Producer]
  • The Uranium Conspiracy a.k.a. Kesher Ha'Uranium a.k.a. A chi tocca, tocca...! (1978) a.k.a. Agenten kennen keine Tränen (1978) [Executive Producer]
  • Lemon Popsicle a.k.a. Eskimo Limon (1978) [Producer]
  • Yisraelim Matzhikim (It's a Funny, Funny World) (1978) [Producer]
  • Operation Thunderbolt a.k.a. Mivtsa Yonatan (1977) [Producer]
  • Kid Vengeance [it] a.k.a. Take Another Hard Ride (1977) [Producer]
  • God's Gun a.k.a. Diamante Lobo (1976) [Associate Producer]
  • The Four Deuces (1976) [Producer]
  • Diamonds (1975) [Producer]
  • Lepke (1975) [Producer]
  • Kazablan (1974) [Executive Producer]
  • Abu el Banat a.k.a. Daughters, Daughters (1973) [Executive Producer]
  • Ani Ohev Otach Rosa (I Love You, Rosa) (1972) [Executive Producer]
  • Shod Hatelephonim Hagadol (The Great Telephone Robbery) (1972) [Producer]
  • Jump (1971) [Executive Producer]
  • Katz V'Carasso a.k.a. The Contract (1971) [Producer]
  • Malkat Hakvish (The Highway Queen) (1971) [Producer]
  • Joe (1970) [Executive Producer]
  • Lupo! (1970) [Producer]
  • Pritza Hagdola, Ha- a.k.a. Eagles Attack at Dawn a.k.a. From Hell to Victory (1970) [Producer]


  • Margo Sheli a.k.a. My Love in Jerusalem (1969) [Producer]
  • Sam's Song a.k.a. Line of Fire (1969) [Executive Producer]
  • Nes B'Ayara a.k.a. A Miracle in Our Town (1968) [Producer]
  • Fortuna a.k.a. Seduced in Sodom a.k.a. The Girl from the Dead Sea (1966) [Producer]
  • Complica (????) [Producer]


  1. ^ "Cannon Bid as Major Studio Is Cliffhanger Firm's Future at Risk in High-Stakes Gamble". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  2. ^ "'The Go-Go Boys': Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  3. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (18 July 2016). "Yoram Globus Returns To Hollywood With Rebel Way, Turning Viral Talent into Movie Stars". Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  4. ^ "A Cry in the Dark (1988) - Release dates". IMDb.com. Retrieved 15 June 2012.

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