Homegrown ‘Tiny Times’ Wows With $30.8M Opening In China
Tiny Times, a Shanghai-set coming-of-age drama revolving around four girlfriends, had a huge opening weekend in China, putting it on a par with last year’s breakout comedy Lost In Thailand. According to Film Biz Asia, the movie amassed $30.8M in three days. Including previews, it earned $42M in four days. The film is the directorial debut of novelist Guo Jingming and had a 45% market share for the weekend. Meanwhile, Man Of Steel and Jet Li- starrer Badges Of Fury incurred slight drops in their second weekends. Per the report, Man Of Steel had taken in $47.2M by the end of the weekend and Badges had $33.33M. Man Of Steel, however, is holding well, Film Biz Asia says.
eOne Appoints Co-Founder Of Its Aussie Unit To Head Distribution There
Entertainment One has promoted Sandie Don to head of distribution for its Australian operation, Hopscotch. Don will oversee theatrical distribution for Hopscotch/eOne including acquisitions, sales and marketing. She previously was marketing and acquisitions director. Along with partners Troy Lum and Frank Cox, Don formed Hopscotch Films in 2002; it was acquired by eOne in 2011.
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UK’s Sky Arts ‘Talks Music’ With The Stars
Britain’s Sky Arts is launching a new music interview series, …Talks Music. The 10-part show will look at the careers of some of the world’s most iconic music legends. Confirmed guests so far include Nile Rodgers, Boy George, Jeff Beck and Blondie’s Deborah Harry and Chris Stein. Whizz Kid Entertainment is producing, with Malcolm Gerrie conducting the sit-downs in front of a live studio audience. Gerrie and guests will also take questions from the floor. Jeff Wurtz, of Inside The Actors Studio, is directing and Gerrie is exec producing. A fall debut is planned.
Modern Times Group Buys Into UK Market For $23.6M
Modern Times Group, an international broadcasting outfit that operates free and pay-TV in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Russia and Africa, has added a UK-based international distributor to its portfolio with the acquisition of 92.4% of Digital Rights Group for £15M ($23.6M). Titles in the Digital Rights Group stable include The Inbetweeners, The Singing Bee, Kingdom, Sea Patrol and Criminal Justice. DRG founder and former CEO Jeremy Fox will return to the company, replacing exiting managing director Jonathan Jackson. MTG also picked up a 51% stake in Norwegian producer Novemberfilm for an undisclosed sum. The Oslo-based company produces series and commercials including key formats The Zookeepers, Insider and Missing. Read More »
Entertainment One has released a UK teaser trailer for Diana, the Oliver Hirschbiegel-directed drama about a secret affair that Princess Diana had shortly before her tragic death. Naomi Watts stars in the pic with Naveen Andrews as Dr. Hasnat Khan, the Pakistani heart surgeon … Read More »
Lawrence Hill’s best-selling 2007 novel is getting the longform TV treatment, with Conquering Lion Pictures, Out Of Africa Entertainment and Entertainment One prepping the story as a miniseries. Production on The Book Of Negroes — which … Read More »
Entertainment One Films International managing director Sally Caplan is stepping down from her post and will leave the company at the end of May. She’s moving on to focus on production. Caplan has been with eOne since … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 »