May 12, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ENTERTAINMENT ONE SEALS NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION DEAL
WITH PEACE ARCH ENTERTAINMENT
- Agreement further enhances eOne’s rapidly growing home video division -
(Port Washington, NY)?Entertainment One (eONE) has reached an agreement with Toronto-based producer and distributor Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc. (“PAE”) to distribute new PAE titles on home video and digital formats in North America starting in September.
Entertainment One U.S. President Michael Rosenberg comments, “We are pleased to add Peace Arch to our growing roster of studio partners. This deal further strengthens eOne’s home video offering in the U.S. and we know we can count on Peace Arch to deliver quality films for our rental, sell-through and digital customers.”
Peace Arch Entertainment CEO John Flock adds, “We are very pleased to be reinvigorating our Peace Arch Home Entertainment business with an innovative and aggressive distribution partner like eOne. We look forward to working with Michael, Patrice Theroux and the entire eOne team to bring our exciting new slate of films to the broadest possible in-home audience.”
Some of the first Peace Arch titles that eOne will be distributing on DVD include; “Who Killed Nancy,” a feature length documentary directed by Alan G. Parker chronicling the events leading up to the death of Sid Vicious’ girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, and “Kandahar Break,” a political thriller which centers on a group of British mine clearance engineers working for a Taliban government in Afghanistan. The films will be available on DVD in late August and September respectively following limited theatrical releases in New York and Los Angeles. The thriller “Flick,” starring screen legend Faye Dunaway, “Smile” featuring Beau Bridges and the comedy “Puck Hogs,” a hockey-based mockumentary, will debuts on DVD later in the year.
PAE’s production division develops and produces feature films, scripted television series, mini-series, movies-for-television, factual and lifestyle series and documentaries. The Company’s award winning drama “The Tudors” airs on Showtime in the U.S. and the CBC in Canada while its lifestyle series “Last 10 Pounds Boot Camp” and “Bulging Brides” both air on Family Life Network (FLN) in the U.S. and Slice in Canada.
PAE’s distribution division acquires new film and television programming from outside producers and distributes that content along with its in-house productions and existing library of approximately 700 films and 200 hours of television programming throughout the world. PAE also provides production services and facilities to Canadian, U.S. and international film and television producers through its subsidiary, Dufferin Gate Productions.
Through its extensive networks in the U.S., eOne’s distribution arm delivers physical and digital content to more than 3,000 retail partners. Along with leveraging this network to market eOne’s own extensive library of film, television and music content, the business provides third-party distribution services to a wide range of content producers including the major Hollywood studios. Along with home video, VOD, digital and TV sales, eOne also manages limited theatrical releases for select films in the U.S. market.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries. The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, France, the Netherlands and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: eOne Television, eOne Films, eOne Music and eOne Distribution. These businesses collectively represent eOne’s extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution. eOne’s content library includes more than 5,000 feature films, 2,400 hours of original television programming and 45,000 music tracks.