Canadian giant Entertainment One will team with Martin Katz’s Prospero Pictures to back David Cronenberg‘s upcoming ensemble thriller Maps To The Stars. Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon are to star in the ghost story that’s described as a scathing attack on celebrity-obsessed LA. The script is by Wild Palms‘ Bruce Wagner.
EOne will also handle worldwide sales, which it plans to launch in Cannes next month, and distribute in the U.S., Canada, the UK, and Australia and New Zealand. Production starts in July in Toronto and LA. This is Cronenberg and Katz’s fourth collaboration. Katz and SBS Films’ Saïd Ben Saïd are producing. Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab, Cronenberg’s manager, will exec produce. EOne’s Benedict Carver is also exec producing and will oversee for the studio. Integral Films’ Alfred Hurmer is co-producing.
After working as a consultant to Entertainment One Films US, Ryan Markowitz has been hired in the newly-created position of VP theatrical sales and distribution. Based in New York, Markowitz has managed releases for eOne titles including A … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: After expanding into directing, producer Tony Krantz is now making a foray into writing. Krantz and his Flame Ventures have partnered with Entertainment One for Saboteurs, an ambitious international drama series about the underground resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris during World War II. In his first-ever writing effort, Krantz penned the pilot script on spec. Given the project’s scope and setting, he sent it to eOne, which specializes in international co-productions. Not to sway them, he didn’t disclose he was the writer until he got a call a couple of days later that eOne was buying the project. (Of course, Krantz has writing in his DNA — his mother is popular novelist Judith Krantz.)
Saboteurs is a fictional story about the first resistance cell in Nazi-occupied Paris. It is set in the early months of WWII, before the U.S. got involved following the attack on Pearl Harbor. The cell consists of regular people with no training or experience who decide to fight back. Saboteurs is an action thriller chronicling their adventures as resistance fighters with a mix of Nazis, traitors, regular people and Americans. In addition to writing, Krantz will direct and executive produce. eOne is already eying U.S. cable networks for Saboteurs and is expected to meet with key international buyers at the upcoming MIPTV before officially launching the project at MIPCOM in the fall. Read More »
Rocker Gene Simmons will be in Cannes on Monday to interview Entertainment One president and CEO Darren Throop onstage for a Mip TV keynote session. The KISS co-founder will also be there to pitch … Read More »
Entertainment One has pacted with Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson’s Eleven Film to develop scripted projects for the UK and international markets. The company produces documentary, current affairs, comedy and drama programs and is currently in development on … Read More »
Entertainment One has steadily been detailing a new executive structure following its takeover of rival Canadian giant Alliance Films in a $230M deal that was completed last month. Execs were quickly named for the UK and Spain operations and the latest announcement concerns its operations closer to home where eOne and Alliance have significant overlap. Here’s the release:
Montréal/Toronto/London – February 11, 2013 – Entertainment One (“eOne” or “the Group”) announces the Group’s Canadian Film leadership team, following its acquisition of Alliance Films announced January 9, 2013.
Patrice Théroux, who leads eOne’s global Film business, today confirms that David Reckziegel, will continue to oversee all North American Film operations, including the combined Canadian group, as President, eOne Films North America.
The Company also announces that Bryan Gliserman and Noah Segal will oversee eOne Films Canada, including the former Alliance Films teams, as Co-Presidents.
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1984 Private Defense Contractors is the indie producer behind recent R-rated action and crime thrillers like Machine Gun Preacher, The Grey, Killing Them Softly and the just-released Broken City starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. The new multi-year financing … Read More »
Now that its takeover of rival Alliance Films is complete, eOne has announced exec appointments for the UK and Spanish arms of the company. Alex Hamilton has been named managing director in the UK … Read More »
UPDATE: Alliance co-founder and CEO Victor Loewy released the statement below following the eOne announcement this morning:
“Further to the acquisition of Alliance Films by eOne, the Alliance Films brand and legacy will come to an end. Whilst it’s been a privilege to be part of Alliance, having founded and been associated with the company for the past 40 years, I have decided not to be part of the new enterprise. Therefore, I will step down as Chairman and CEO of Alliance with immediate effect and will open a new chapter in my life.”
PREVIOUS: Entertainment One was granted regulatory clearance by the Canadian Competition authority last week to acquire Alliance Films and today says it has completed the roughly $230M transaction. As a result of the merger, Alliance CEO Victor Loewy and Alliance president Charles Layton have left “to pursue other interests.” The tie-up creates the largest independent film distributor in Canada and the UK and gives the new group reach across those territories along with Benelux, Australia, the U.S. and Spain. There will be some overlap for the companies, notably in the UK and Canada, and the group says it will “begin the integration process and will work quickly to bring the companies together under eOne.” Click over for the press release: Read More »
The merger of Canadian giants Entertainment One and Alliance Films is one step closer to fruition. EOne announced in September that it was seeking to acquire rival Alliance for approximately $230M. One of the … Read More »
Paula Hart (Sabrina The Teenage Witch) and her Hartbreak Films will work with the independent studio to develop and produce series and TV movies for family and animation programming. Under the deal, eOne will serve as the worldwide … Read More »
Cuban Fury stars Nick Frost as a former salsa star who tries to regain his mojo and is from the UK’s Big Talk, the UK outfit behind Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul. EOne has … Read More »
Entertainment One has reported a drop in adjusted pre-tax profits for the six months ended September 30 with earnings down to $14M from $29.9M in the same period last year. The producer-distributor said underlying EBITDA of $21.3M was down from last year’s $37.5M, primarily due to the timing of increased investment, which drove P&A costs up 30% in the first half. Revenues were up to $350.39M compared to $325.11M in 2011 and operating cash flow in the first half was up 59% to $96.59M. The Canada-based company confirmed in September that it would acquire rival Alliance Films for $230M in a long-brewing deal. Today, eOne says funding for the acquisition has been secured and that the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close in early 2013. Also in September, the company announced a multi-year offshore output deal with DreamWorks. Read More »
Debra Curtis arrives after serving as VP Development at GK-tv and before that was a 15-year veteran at Sony Pictures Television, where she oversaw such series series as Damages, Rescue Me, Rules Of Engagement, Community and The Shield. In her new post as SVP Current Programming, she will oversee all aspects of eOne’s current programming for the group’s slate, which includes Hell On Wheels (AMC), Rookie Blue (ABC), Call Me Fitz (DirecTV) and DirecTV’s upcoming suspense drama series Rogue starring Thandie Newton. Read More »
Passion played in competition at Venice and also hit Toronto this year. Entertainment One has acquired North American rights from SBS Productions and is aiming for an early 2013 release for the thriller. Rachel McAdams and Noomi … Read More »
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney
Nearly 18 months after selling the Australian distribution company he co-founded to Entertainment One for more than $A20 million ($20.5 million) Frank Cox has stepped down as president of Hopscotch/Entertainment One. Cox leaves on a high as Hopscotch/eOne’s Australian hit The Sapphires has raked in nearly $10 million after its fourth weekend in Oz and seems headed for $15 million-plus. Hopscotch/eOne will continue under managing director Troy Lum and marketing and acquisition director Sandie Don, who co-founded Hopscotch Films with Cox in 2002. A 33-year veteran of the distribution business, Cox launched New Vision Films in 1983 and its library was later folded into Hopscotch. Cox said his decision to leave is “bittersweet”, adding, “I’m very proud of the Hopscotch team and grateful for the truly amazing work they’ve done to attract and showcase Australian talent over the past 10 years”. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Black Jack is coming to a TV near you. Entertainment One has acquired the worldwide rights to a television series based on the popular Japanese manga. The LA/Toronto-based indie studio, that produces ABC’s Rookie Blue and … Read More »
In May, Entertainment One confirmed it was mulling the acquisition of fellow Canadian-based group, Alliance Films. At the time, it said a deal was not a certainty, but that it had held talks with Alliance shareholders. In … Read More »