TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Entertainment One Ltd., today announces the
completion of the acquisition of: the television production companies
Blueprint and Barna-Alper; the international television distributor Oasis; and
the Canadian and international distribution operations of Maximum Films, first
announced on 7 July 2008.
The four acquisitions establish Entertainment One as a fully-integrated
film, television, music, sales, marketing and distribution company, with
distribution operations and libraries in Canada, the US, the UK, Holland and
Belgium. In addition, the company controls a growing library of world-wide
rights consisting of over 9,300 hours of programming which will be licensed to
both international and domestic distributors and broadcasters by its
international sales operations - Oasis - for television product and Seville
for theatrical films.
The acquisitions have been integrated into E1's Filmed Entertainment
Division, headed by Patrice Theroux, which also includes the UK's Contender
Entertainment Group and RCV Entertainment which operates in Holland and
"With the closing of these transactions, E1's Filmed Entertainment
Division is now in a great position to pursue a wide range of commercial
opportunities," said Theroux. "Not only have we created a television company
that is a force to be reckoned with in North America, but we've expanded our
theatrical market share in Canada and positioned the company to grow
significantly in international film sales and distribution."
Notes to Editors:
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) AIM listed, Entertainment One's
strategy is to build the 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 has operations in Canada, the U.S, Holland, Belgium and the
UK. 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.
For further information:
For further information: Shane Dolgin, Edelman for Entertainment One,
(416) 979-1120 x328, email@example.com