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EOne Films International Launches $100M Acquisitions Fund

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 4:20am PST

eone__130730173326-200x229__130924193702In 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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StudioCanal Exec Harold Van Lier Exiting For President Post At eOne Films International

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 8:23am PDT

Harold van Lier joined France’s Studiocanal in 2007 from Summit and was most recently EVP International Distribution. He now leaves the company to become President of eOne Films International, taking over the job in January. (Just ahead of van Lier’s announced departure, Studiocanal said it has promoted Anna Marsh to the role of Head of International Film Sales.) Part of van Lier’s purview will be to launch a new financing and investment model at eOne which also says it has new production financing arrangements with City National Bank and OneWest Bank. Here’s the full press release: Read More »

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