Entertainment One announces Canadian distribution agreement with Yari Film Group

    Agreement covers all YFG feature films through 2010

    Agreement covers all Canadian rights including internet

    LOS ANGELES and TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - Canadian distribution
powerhouse Entertainment One (E1) and Yari Film Group (YFG) announced today
that Entertainment One will be the exclusive distributor for YFG pictures in
Canada through 2010. The term begins immediately following the first YFG
theatrical release in Canada via E1's subsidiary, Seville Pictures. The
partnership marks another milestone in E1's rapid growth, reinforcing the
diversity of feature films it continues to offer.
    "We have the greatest confidence and respect for Patrice Théroux and
David Reckziegel and the entire team at E1," stated David Glasser, YFG's Chief
Creative Officer. "E1 has moved very quickly to establish itself as a dominant
film distribution company in Canada and we couldn't be happier than to have
them take over the distribution of our films in Canada."
    "I am delighted to forge this partnership with Yari Film Group, a company
that has shown a distinct ability in producing and distributing some of the
best quality films in recent years," said David Reckziegel, co-president of
Seville Pictures. "Their current production schedule is very exciting and we
are looking forward to bringing these films to Canadian movie audiences."
    Entertainment One's Théroux adds, "This new agreement consolidates our
position in Canada as one of the emerging forces in the Canadian film
distribution sector. It is very gratifying to garner so much support for our
vision of growth from all of the various film producers around the world and
be given the opportunity to re-define the balance of power in Canada and
    The deal, brokered between E1's Filmed Entertainment president Théroux,
Seville Picture's president Reckziegel, and YFG's Glasser, provides the
opportunity for E1 to garner a stronger foothold in the Canadian marketplace
with an additional 10 annual theatrical releases projected.
    Yari Film Group's past productions include THE ILLUSIONIST, starring
Golden Globe(R) winner Edward Norton and Jessica Biel; Paul Haggis' multiple
Academy Award(R) winning feature CRASH; THE HOAX directed by Lasse Halstrvm
with a screenplay by William Wheeler, based on a book by Clifford Irving and
starring Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, Academy Award(R) winner Marcia Gay
Harden, Hope Davis, Julie Delpy and Stanley Tucci; Golden Globe(R) winner THE
PAINTED VEIL; PRIME starring the acclaimed award-winning Meryl Streep, Uma
Thurman and Bryan Greenberg; HOSTAGE starring Golden Globe(R) winner Bruce
Willis; the critically-acclaimed comedy THE MATADOR featuring Pierce Brosnan,
Greg Kinnear and Hope Davis; and LAWS OF ATTRACTION starring Pierce Brosnan
and Academy Award(R) nominee Julianne Moore.
    YFG's current and upcoming feature releases include Joe Carnahan's
KILLING PABLO featuring Christian Bale; THE LONELY MAIDEN from director Peter
Hewitt, written by Michael LeSieur and starring Academy Award(R) winners
Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, Golden Globe(R) winner William H. Macy and
Marcia Gay Harden; and Rod Lurie's NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH starring an acclaimed
all-star cast including Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett and Alan
    The first release to fall under the arrangement will be YFG's
Thompson and Bruce Willis which is currently slated for release in August

    Note to Editors:
    Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) AIM listed, Entertainment One Ltd's
strategy is to build a leading global independent entertainment content
ownership and distribution business which acquires films, television programs
and music content and exploits these rights in all media throughout the world.
Entertainment One is one of the world's leading international entertainment
companies with operations in Canada, the U.S, Holland, Belgium and the UK,
where it distributes, acquires and owns filmed entertainment and music content
in all medias. Entertainment One also owns Koch Entertainment, the largest
independent record label in North America and a leading independent
distributor of music and video in the United States.

    Yari Film Group is recognized as one of the premier power houses for
independent films since its founding five years ago. Know for collaborating
with filmmakers and bringing forth the creative visions of veterans such as
Lasse Hallstrvm, Paul Haggis, and Sidney Lumet, and first-time writers and
directors, the YFG philosophy is to seek out innovative stories and
storytellers to reach audiences on a global level. www.yarifilmgroup.com

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alice.gledhillhall@ddapr.com, T: +44 (0) 20 7932 9800, W: www.ddapr.com

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