New Look and Organisational Structure Reflect Company's Growing Global
TORONTO and LONDON, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - Entertainment One Ltd. (AIM: ETO),
having successfully completed a series of strategic acquisitions which have
quickly vaulted it up the list of the world's leading entertainment companies,
today unveiled a new name, visual identity and structure designed to unite the
company's worldwide operations under one global banner.
The company will now operate as E1 Entertainment, and has adopted a new
logo to signify its metamorphosis into a major independent entertainment
content owner and distributor with operations in Canada, the United States,
the UK, Holland, and Belgium. In addition, E1 has integrated all of its
operations into four main units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1
Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1's international
operations in film distribution, television and music production/distribution
- including its Kids Division - as well as its Licensing and Distribution
The company also announced it will launch a new corporate website shortly
"This re-branding is an important milestone for our company," said Darren
Throop, E1's chief executive officer. "E1's new name, logo and corporate
structure are important elements to defining E1's evolving identity, and will
help inspire our next phase of growth."
"Over the past two years we have successfully diversified into film and
television, while at the same time expanding our capabilities, extending our
geographic reach and creating one of the most rousing stories in the
entertainment business. Now we're focused on executing against our strategy to
dramatically expand our content ownership and extend our global distribution
In addition to Throop, E1's senior leadership team includes Chief
Financial Officer Giles Willits and Filmed Entertainment President Patrice
Theroux, both of whom have worked closely with Throop as he transformed the
company through a series of key acquisitions, including:
- Contender Entertainment Group, one of the largest distributors of
film and television content in the UK;
- Seville Entertainment Inc., a leading Canadian film distribution and
entertainment rights owner;
- RCV Entertainment BV, the leading independent film distributor
operating in the Netherlands and Belgium;
- Barna-Alper, a leading producer of Canadian television programs and
key supplier to Canadian broadcasters;
- Blueprint Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based television production
company that has become a key supplier to US cable networks;
- Oasis Pictures, a Canadian television international sales and
distribution company that has licensed product to over 500
broadcasters in 150 countries, and
- Maximum Films, a Canadian and International film distribution company
with distribution agreements with Lakeshore, IFC and Cinetic.
The Four Pillars
All these acquired companies have now been successfully integrated into
E1's existing operations, which are organized around the company's four
primary revenue drivers: Television, Film, Music and Distribution.
Barna-Alper, Blueprint Entertainment and Oasis International have been
folded into E1 Television. Former Blueprint chief John Morayniss becomes
the CEO of the newly integrated division, while Barna-Alper founder
Laszlo Barna will take on the role of president. Oasis founder Peter
Emerson will continue to lead E1's global television distribution as
president, E1 Television International.
Kids producer and distributor, Rubber Duck, headed by Laura Clunie based
in London UK, and Blueprint Kids, headed by Frank Saperstein based in Los
Angeles, will now be known as E1 Kids.
Canadian distributors Seville Pictures and Maximum Films have combined to
form E1 Entertainment Canada under the continued leadership of Co-
Presidents David Reckziegel and Bryan Gliserman. Les Films Seville, E1
Entertainment Canada's Montreal-based subsidiary, will now be known as
Les Films Seville, Une filiale de E1 Entertainment.
UK distributor Contender Entertainment Group will operate as E1
Entertainment UK under the continued leadership of Managing Director
Richard Bridgwood, while RCV Entertainment becomes E1 Entertainment
Benelux under the direction of long-time Co-Managing Directors Jan
Kouwenhoven and Joke Wartenbergh.
Meanwhile, Seville International and Maximum International have also been
combined to form E1 Films International, led by Charlotte Mickie.
Lastly, Koch Entertainment founder Michael Koch and long-time Koch
executive Michael Rosenberg will continue to lead E1's U.S. film
distribution under the banner of E1 Entertainment U.S., the name chosen
to replace Koch Vision.
Michael Koch becomes CEO, E1 Music, with responsibility for E1 Records
and E1 Music Publishing, which replace, respectively, Koch Records and
Koch Music Publishing. Bob Frank remains president of both U.S. music
Koch Canada becomes E1 Music Canada, headed by Dominique Zgarka, who is
president of music and special products.
E1's Canadian wholesale unit will change its name to E1 Entertainment
Distribution Canada under the continued leadership of Terry Stevens. The
two other units reporting to Stevens, retail chain CD Plus and Videoglobe
1, will continue to operate under their current names.
And Koch Distribution becomes E1 Entertainment Distribution U.S., also
under the leadership of Michael Koch and Michael Rosenberg.
All subsidiary name and logo changes are expected to be implemented over
the next 60 to 90 days.
In the coming months, the company will continue to execute against its
core strategy while also seeking to maximize new revenue streams from high
growth areas including merchandising and licensing and digital.
Notes to Editors:
About E1 Entertainment
E1 Entertainment (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, Holland and
Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1
Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1's
extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music
production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution.
E1's content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours
of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.
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