BBC Worldwide has apologized for recent leaks of scripts and footage from the new series of Doctor Who. The commercial arm of the broadcaster said a damaging “mistake” resulted in the exposure of five scripts and the first six unfinished episodes from Series 8 on a publicly accessible FTP site. It thanked fans for their efforts at helping to contain the leaks and said it has put in place a plan using new technology and internal manpower to limit any illegal activity. “BBC Worldwide has taken this issue extremely seriously and disciplinary action has been implemented as a result of the incident,” it added, and offered “sincere apologies” to showrunner Steven Moffat, the cast and the production team. Doctor Who returns on August 23 with Peter Capaldi as the latest incarnation of the Time Lord.
Entertainment One has acquired Canadian factual programming producer Paperny Entertainment from partners David Paperny, Cal Shumiatcher and Audrey Mehler. With the acquisition, Canadian giant eOne says it intends to ramp up its activity in unscripted television production across North America. Vancouver-based Paperny also has operations in Toronto and New York. It has produced over 500 hours of programming since its inception in 1994. The company is expected to deliver a further 80 hours of original programming this year. Its recent and returning shows include Timber Kings (HGTV), Cold Water Cowboys (Discovery Channel Canada), Yukon … Read More »
Earlier this month, eOne acquired Phase 4 Films, setting that company’s Berry Meyerowitz to run the combined U.S. film and distribution business. That appointment followed the departure of eOne North American Films president David Reckziegel in May. Under Meyerowitz as president, eOne has now outlined its management roster with SVP Theatrical Marketing & Distribution Dylan Wiley exiting the company along with Patrick McDonough, Ryan Markowitz, Seanna Hore, Sejin Croninger and Walter Schmidt. Moving in to run the revamped film and distribution business under Meyerowitz are Phase 4′s Sean Monson as EVP Finance & Operations and David Richardson EVP Sales & Marketing. Also in the ranks are Ian Goggins, SVP On Demand/Digital; Larry Greenberg, SVP Acquisitions; Ben Means, SVP Label Management; and Polly Beel, VP Marketing. Read More »
Canadian giant eOne is looking to strengthen its VOD, digital and home entertainment strategies in the U.S. with the acquisition of Phase 4 Films. As part of the deal, eOne has placed Phase 4 president and CEO Berry Meyerowitz at the helm of its U.S. film and distribution business. Sean Monson and David Richardson are also joining eOne from Phase 4. The moves come 18 months after eOne acquired rival Alliance, and just a month after word that eOne North American Films president David Reckziegel is leaving the company. Meyerowitz will oversee all aspects of film distribution in the U.S. as well as the company’s North American label and kids and family content distribution businesses. He founded the Toronto-based Phase 4 in 2009. Its purview has been to handle film, TV and special interest content across all media in North America with a focus on home entertainment, cable, telecommunications, satellite and digital platforms. In Cannes last month, it acquired writer-director Allison Burnett’s Ask Me Anything, and the Claudia Myers-directed drama Fort Bliss. EOne now plans to actively go after films that fit the platform release model. Read More »
Atom Egoyan‘s The Captive is screening today in Competition here in Cannes. In the second domestic deal this week on a Competition title after Sony Pictures Classics acquired Saint Laurent, the film has been picked up by A24 in partnership with DirecTV. A24 will release in the U.S. this fall. Egoyan directs and co-wrote with David Fraser, based on an original story by Egoyan. Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand and Bruce Greenwood star. Reynolds plays the father of a young girl who disappears from their pick-up truck in a diner parking lot. The psychological thriller examines how the kidnapping destroys the relationships among those involved. Egoyan, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss and Stephen Traynor are producers. Read More »
Entertainment One North American Flms President David Reckziegel is leaving the company. The exec is departing to launch a new venture that will provide financing and advisory services to media and entertainment companies. Reckziegel started in the film distribution business in 1999 when he co-founded indie Les Film Séville with partner John Hamilton. In 2007, it was acquired by eOne. Reckziegel later became eOne Films Canada co-president and in 2011 took his current post overseeing Canadian and U.S. film distribution. Patrice Théroux, who leads eOne’s global film business, said Les Films Séville was “the foundation of eOne’s entire Canadian film business… David built a remarkable team and led our North American film business through a transformative period which brought significant change to our U.S. film activities. He also led the integration of Alliance and several other distribution entities with Séville to form eOne’s current Canadian distribution business. We thank him for his leadership, dedication and passion throughout the years.” Reckziegel, who also has an M&A and investment background, added, “This is a bittersweet time for me personally. I’m excited to launch a new venture that combines what I’ve learned over the past 25 plus years in the entertainment and investment banking businesses. I am extremely proud to have been part of eOne’s dramatic growth since 2007 and of what my teams and I have accomplished together, but I … Read More »
eOne Picks Up ‘The Silent Mountain’, ‘The Night Crew’
Entertainment One Films U.S. has taken North American rights to romantic drama The Silent Mountain and U.S. rights to action-thriller The Night Crew. Both films will be released by eOne via all home entertainment platforms. Directed by Ernst Gossner and written by Clemens Aufderklamm, The Silent Mountain stars William Moseley, Claudia Cardinale and Fritz Karl in the story of a young Austrian soldier in World War I who fights his way through the Alps to rescue his Italian girlfriend and escape the impending explosion that will rock the mountain. The Night Crew, directed by Christian Sesma and written by Paul Sloan and Sesma, stars Luke Goss, Danny Trejo, Bokeem Woodbine, Chasty Ballesteros and Jason Mewes. It revolves around a group of hard-up bounty hunters who must survive the night in a desert motel against a horde of savage cartel killers. Premiere Entertainment Group is handling worldwide sales of both films at Cannes. Read More »
Entertainment One is getting ready for a busy Cannes. The Canadian giant will produce and distribute contemporary action thriller Eye In The Sky in association with Colin Firth and Ged Doherty’s Raindog Films. Gavin Hood is directing with Firth attached to star in the ensemble. Firth and Doherty will produce with Xavier Marchand who is heading up the eOne’s new global film production arm. The film is expected to kick off in South Africa on August 11.
Written by BAFTA winner Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes Of Heaven, Omagh) Eye In The Sky centers on London-based military intelligence officer Colonel Michelle Madden who is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation that aims to capture a group of terrorists in Nairobi. The mission suddenly escalates from a “capture” to a “kill” operation when she realizes the targets are about to embark on a suicide mission, which would result in the deaths of many innocent civilians. Meanwhile, American drone pilot Steve Watts is poised to destroy the safe-house when a nine-year-old-girl enters the kill zone. With unforeseen collateral damage factoring into the equation and with the volatility of the situation increasing, Madden must pass the mission’s authority up the “kill chain” to politicians and lawyers, including the British Foreign secretary.
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Entertainment One will continue to distribute The Weinstein Co‘s feature films in Canada through December 31, 2019 under an extended output deal. Following its acquisition of rival Alliance Films last year, eOne released TWC titles including Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook and The Butler across all media in the territory. Upcoming titles include Paddington, St Vincent De Van Nuys, The Giver and The Railway Man. The new agreement also includes Radius-TWC’s premium VOD slate in Canada. EOne has about 23% of the local market and a series of 10 output deals with U.S. indies whose films make up roughly half of its annual slate. Nelson Kuo-Lee, Richard Rapkowski and Patrice Théroux brokered the TWC extension for eOne with David Glasser, Irwin Reiter and Andy Kim for TWC.
Séville International, the recently launched boutique sales arm of eOne Films International, will launch sales on Penélope Cruz-starrer Ma Ma at Cannes next month. The Spanish-language film will be distributed in Spain by eOne. Cruz plays a woman who reacts to a tragedy with a surge of life which leads her to experience the most unexpected situations “filled with humor and delicate happiness.” Luis Tosar and Asier Etxeandia also star. Cruz calls the film “an absolute passion project.” She’ll produce with director Julio Medem (Sex And Lucia) and Morena Films, in association with France’s Backup Media Group. Mare Nostrum is co-producing. The project fits with eOne Films International president Harold van Lier’s objective to source homegrown films for local distribution and world rights sold via Séville. The deal was negotiated by Alvaro Longoria of Morena Films and Joël Thibout of Backup with van Lier, and Jorge Vazquez and Igor Ibeas for eOne Films Spain.
The story of a determined woman with breast cancer and a pioneering geneticist comes to the big screen with a pretty impressive cast. Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt star as patient and doctor, respectively, in Decoding Annie Parker, which also features a long-haired Aaron Paul, Bradley Whitford, Rashida Jones, Richard Schiff, Alice Eve, Maggie Grace, Marley Shelton, Chris Mulkey and Corey Stoll. Veteran cinematographer Steven Bernstein is making his featuring helming debut on the film, which he co-wrote with Adam Bernstein and Michael Moss based on a true story. It’s getting a day-and-date release in theaters and VOD this summer via eOne. Here’s the trailer:
Allan Leighton, Linda Robinson Named To eOne Board
Canadian giant Entertainment One has appointed Allan Leighton to its board as Non-Executive Director and Chairman. He replaces James Corsellis as Chairman, though Corsellis will remain a Non-Exec Director. Leighton is a former board director of BSkyB in the U.K. and previously was Chairman of The Royal Mail, CEO of Asda Stores Limited and Walmart Europe, Deputy Chairman of Selfridges & Co and Chairman of LastMinute.com. Also joining the eOne board a little more than a year after its acquisition of Alliance Films is media attorney Linda Robinson as Non-Exec Director. Patrice Theroux, who leads eOne’s global film business, is stepping down from the board to focus on his exec responsibilities. Read More »
Previously announced for a start this year, Séville International has set an official launch date of April 1, just in time for Cannes. The indie sales division of Entertainment One Films International is led by Montréal-based Vice President of International Sales Anick Poirier, with Natalie Kampelmacher promoted to Director of Sales. Séville will focus on art-house titles from Québec and put an emphasis on a greater number of new films from around the world. The slate will include pedigree titles with awards potential to follow in the footsteps of such films as Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild, David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom and the upcoming Mommy from Xavier Dolan. Taking advantage of eOne’s network in Canada, Spain, the UK, Benelux and Australia/New Zealand, Poirier and her team will source homegrown films for local distribution and world rights. While Séville will work with art-house fare, London-based eOne Films International is shifting to more commercial titles for direct distribution and world sales. Poirier, who joined eOne when it acquired Les Films Séville in 2008, reports to eOne Films International President Harold van Lier who joined the company in January armed with a $100M acquisitions fund.
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Film Movement said it Michael Rosenberg has taken an equity stake in the NY-based indie distributor and has been named co-president alongside Adley Gartenstein. Rosenberg lands here after departing Entertainment One U.S. in September after a combined 26 years at eOne and predecessor Koch Entertainment. He takes up his new post immediately and joins Gartenstein, who has been president since 2007. Launched in 2003, Film Movement specializes in indie and foreign fare which it distributes on all platforms, and recently launched a genre label Ram Releasing that kicks off its slate this year. “I have been very impressed by Film Movement’s innovative model of film distribution,” Rosenberg said today in a release announcing his hire. “Adley and his team have done a tremendous job of building a smart, modern film company with a high-quality catalog and a great diversity of distribution channels.
In its first exclusive order of original Canadian content, Netflix has sealed a deal with Entertainment One to revive the popular comedy Trailer Park Boys. The series originally ran on Canada’s Showcase, with the seventh season ending in 2007. Netflix has now come on board for an eighth and ninth season, which will be available exclusively to subscribers across all of the streaming service’s territories including Canada, the U.S. and the UK. Ten new episodes of Season 8 will debut on Netflix this year. The service also will offer all past seasons of the show and debut three stand-alone specials and two new features, Trailer Park Boys 3: Don’t Legalize It and Swearnet, which will come to the service following their theatrical premieres this year. Trailer Park Boys stars John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells and Mike Smith as denizens of the Sunnyvale Trailer Park, whose misadventures are based in friendship, family and loyalty – but those values are hidden behind a façade of gunfights, dope, liquor and swearing. It aired in more than a dozen countries including the U.S. (on BBC America and via DirecTV), Australia, the UK, Spain, Germany and Scandinavia. Trailer Park Boys: The Movie, also known as The Big Dirty and Trailer Park Boys, was in released in Canada in 2006, and later in the U.S. in 2008. It’s become a cult film since … Read More »
Sundance Channel‘s second original scripted series The Red Road debuts Stateside on February 27. In a move that dovetails with the launch of the Sundance London film and music festival, and as Sundance ups its international profile, the six-part series will premiere simultaneously on Sundance Channel on April 24 in Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, and European territories including France, Iberia, Benelux, Poland and CEE. AMC/Sundance Channel Global acquired the rights from eOne which is handling international for all original scripted series from AMC and Sundance under a pact signed in September. The Red Road revolves around a local cop (Martin Henderson) struggling to keep his family together while policing two clashing communities. Jason Momoa, Julianne Nicholson and Tamara Tunie also star. Writer Aaron Guzikowski and Sarah Condon are exec producing and Bridget Carpenter is executive producer/showrunner. James Gray directed the first episode.
In October, eOne announced it had hired former Studiocanal exec Harold van Lier as president of eOne Films International, and that it was putting in place a new financing and investment model. With van Lier now on the job, the company says it’s launching a $100M film acquisition fund. The news comes a year after eOne acquired rival Alliance Films, creating a Canadian giant with reach in the U.S., UK, Spain and elsewhere. The plan for the international division will be to secure worldwide rights on a series of “premium commercial films” over the next years. The fund will come as good news to Canadian and UK producers, notably, who saw a key partner removed from the market when Alliance was taken over. EOne says, “The company’s considerable commitment and enhanced spending-power will offer producers a substantial investment in their films and ideally positions eOne to secure wide-appeal commercial titles for both direct and international distribution.” Here’s the full release:
Los Angeles/Toronto/London – January 7, 2014 – In conjunction with the arrival of new President Harold van Lier, Entertainment One Films International (eOne) today announces that it has established a $100 million film acquisition fund to support van Lier and his division’s recently-unveiled growth strategy.
Van Lier now launches eOne Films International’s new integrated financing structure which will see his group secure worldwide rights on a series of premium commercial films through the coming years. With
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Breaking Glass Pictures has picked up North American rights at Toronto to the documentary Unhung Hero from Films Sales Company. The film, which premiered at SXSW in March, follows a man whose girlfriend rejects his marriage proposal, which was shown live on the big screen at a UCLA basketball game. Days later Patrick Moote finds out the woman turned him down because he has a small penis. Director Brian Spitz then follows Moote on a journey to find out whether size really does matter. Thomas Brettschneider and Lynn Shmitz produced the film.
Entertainment One has sold Le Démantèlement to Film Movement for the U.S. and world airline rights. The film is in the Contemporary World Cinema section at TIFF and won the SACD Prize in Cannes’ Critics’ Week. It tells the story of Gaby, a farmer rearing beautiful lambs on his family property. His daughters, raised like princesses, live far away in the big city. When the eldest asks for money to avoid the loss of her home, Gaby decides to liquidate his beloved farm. Gabriel Arcand, Gilles Renaud, Lucie Laurier and Sophie Desmarais star for director Sébastien Pilote.
The deal with eOne is AMC and Sundance Channel’s first exclusive international output partnership for scripted content. The parties already have a relationship with eOne the studio and international distributor behind AMC’s Hell On Wheels, and along with Fox International Channels, it’s the international distributor on The Walking Dead. The first series eOne will distribute internationally under the new pact are Halt & Catch Fire, a 1980s-set drama about the personal computing boom with Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy and Mackenzie Davis; Turn, a period drama based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington Spies and starring Jamie Bell; and The Red Road, about a local cop (Martin Henderson) struggling to keep his family together while policing two clashing communities. Click over for details: Read More »
eOne Revamps Broadcast And Digital Unit In Canada
Entertainment One is reorganizing its broadcast and digital division in Canada. SVP Television & Online Naveen Prasad is leaving the company under the restructuring, and Audrey Gardiner is being promoted to VP Licensing for eOne Films Canada and Dan Loewy becomes VP Transactional for eOne Films Canada. Together the former Alliance execs will oversee the Canadian film division’s broadcast and digital activities. Prasad had been overseeing the film group’s TV and digital activities after joining from Alliance following the takeover of that company by eOne. EOne says the reorganization will “support the group’s increasing activity in the digital sphere.” The Canadian team will work in tandem with digital leadership from across eOne’s international divisions.
New British Company Boxatricks To Focus On Creating Formats
British producers Colman Hutchinson and Steve Springford have joined with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire creators Michael Whitehill and David Briggs to launch Boxatricks. The UK company will focus on creating formats in the game and quiz show space as well as factual entertainment programs. Hutchinson was previously head of entertainment at Hat Trick Productions and Celador Productions. Springford is a former director of production at Celador. His credits include overseeing production of Millionaire, The National Lottery: Winning Lines and The Hypnotic World Of Paul McKenna. Whitehill co-created Millionaire in 1998 with Briggs and Steven Knight. Briggs previously collaborated with Hutchinson on the Brainiest format and with Springford on The National Lottery: Winning Lines. With Whitehill, he worked on The People Versus and Winning Lines. Read More »