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eOne appoints head of film business in Benelux

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Exclusive: Wilco Wolfers takes over role as Jan Kouwenhouven retires from post.

International production and distribution outfit Entertainment One (eOne) has promoted Wilco Wolfers into a role that will see him head up the company’s film business across Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.

He takes over the position of managing director, Benelux, from eOne executive Jan Kouwenhoven following the latter’s retirement.

Wolfers joined eOne in 2014 as COO of eOne Benelux having previously served as CEO of film distributor A-Film Benelux and chairman of organisation Nederlandse Vereniging van Filmdistributeurs. He has also held roles as managing director for Warner Bros Pictures and commercial director for Disney’s Buena Vista Home Entertainment branch.

Alex Hamilton, eOne managing director, film, Emea, commented: “Wilco is a dynamic and insightful leader with a strong understanding of the film marketplace, both locally and globally. He is well-known and trusted by our partners and has a talented team behind him as he formally
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eOne scores its biggest ever UK box office in 2016

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Exclusive: Mini-major confirms £109.2 haul, placing it ahead of two studios.

Entertainment One (eOne) scored its biggest ever UK/Ire box office in 2016, grossing £109.2m for an 8.3% market share (source: comScore) between Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2016.

Mini-major eOne finished the year with the UK’s fourth-biggest market share among distributors, ahead of two studios: Sony and Paramount.

The £109m haul is double that of its closest independent competitor - Lionsgate - and means that the company is the only independent to have crossed £100m in the past decade, a feat it has achieved twice in that time.

The last independent to have crossed £100m prior to eOne was Entertainment Film Distributors, which took £115m in 2003 (and £137m in 2002), fuelled by The Lord Of The Rings movies.

eOne has now outstripped its indie rivals in four of the last five years and five times in the last eight.

The company’s hits this year have included Steven Spielberg’s [link
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Theresa Roberts to lead eOne film publicity across Emea

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Exclusive: The promotion sees the executive extend her UK remit, Emea managing director of film Alex Hamilton announced on Thursday.

In her expanded role, Roberts will drive and oversee strategic publicity campaigns across European territories for the theatrical slate, which includes acquisitions and original productions.

She will work closely with film publicity teams across Europe and around the world including Sierra/Affinity, which handle sales and publicity for eOne productions outside the territories where it distributes directly.

The appointment is effective immediately and Roberts will continue to be based in London.

“Over many years and countless successful campaigns, Theresa’s leadership, expertise and many contributions have been invaluable to the growth of our business,” said Hamilton.

“I’m delighted that she will bring her sharp instincts, deep relationships and bold approach to champion our film publicity efforts across the Emea region.”

Roberts has led film publicity efforts in the UK since 2008 and oversaw publicity campaigns on such
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Troy Lum's remit expands beyond Au/Nz to Asia-Pacific in eOne reshuffle

Troy Lum.

eOne has promoted Troy Lum as it introduces a new regionally-focused leadership structure across its Global Film Group..

According to a statement, the realignment is designed to further support partnership activities globally, and reflects the film group.s increasing number of multi-territory relationships from leading suppliers including Amblin Partners and The Mark Gordon Company. It also builds upon eOne.s global production and sales alliance with Sierra Pictures..

.Alex, Troy and Patrick are dynamic leaders with deep industry experience, and have been instrumental in growing our business and broadening our great partnerships around the world," said by Steve Bertram, President, Global Film Group, Entertainment One..

"We are looking forward to continued success from them in their expanded regional roles as we prepare for an exciting film slate in the year ahead...

As Managing Director, Film, Asia-Pacific, Lum extends his role from Australia and New Zealand to now include
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eOne Promotes Trio Of Execs In Realignment Of Global Film Leadership

Exclusive: Entertainment One has promoted Alex Hamilton, Troy Lum and Patrick Roy in a move that will introduce a new regionally focused leadership structure across the global film group. The realignment is designed to further support partnership activities, reflecting an increasing number of multi-territory relationships. Those include Amblin Partners and the Mark Gordon Company. The new structure also builds on eOne's global production and sales alliance with Sierra…
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eOne realigns global leadership structure

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The content giant that has come under intense scrutiny from prospective suitors has reorganised the way it runs its international regions and promoted Alex Hamilton, Troy Lum and Patrick Roy.

Hamilton led eOne’s UK film operation and now oversees Europe, the Middle East and Africa as managing director of film, Emea.

Lum previously supervised Australia and New Zealand and as managing director of film, Pacific Asia, will now oversee that entire region.

He will continue to produce through his Hopscotch Features, which has strategic ties to eOne.

Roy’s purview expands from Canada to North America and will now encompass Momentum Pictures as president of film, North America, and president of Les Films Séville.

Michal Steinberg has left The Weinstein Company to join eOne where she will serve as executive vice-president of business affairs, global group.
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Ricky Gervais Returns as David Brent in The Office Spinoff Music Video

The Office is considered one of the best American sitcoms of the 2000s. Though, it was based on a UK comedy that came a few years before it from the creative and hilarious mind of Ricky Gervais. Gervais is reprising his iconic role of ex-boss David Brent in the all-new feature film Life on the Road. It was announced that this upcoming comedy will debut exclusively on Netflix in the U.S. and select international territories sometime in 2017. But it is getting a proper theatrical release in London and surrounding territories this summer. To help celebrate, BBC Films and EntertainmentOne have released a new video, which finds Gervais sliding into the sleeveless white T of his most popular character to date.

David Brent is seen wondering through the woods, wistfully singing the catchy folk song 'Lady Gypsy'. David Brent has released music videos before, the most popular of which was 'Equality Street'.
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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' highlights programming dilemma

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' highlights programming dilemma
Disney juggernaut set to play in a host of UK independent cinemas but some venues are resisting.

As UK independent cinemas increasingly bite on blockbusters and studio-level films, the majority of London’s independent cinemas will be screening Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Thursday, December 17.

A fleet of London independents, including most of the capital’s Picturehouse and Curzon venues, are due to show the film, helping to boost the site count beyond an expected 600+ venues.

For some, however, it wasn’t an easy decision.

Kate McCarthy, head of business operations at single screen indie stalwart The Phoenix, told Screen:

“The decision was taken to show Star Wars after quite a bit of discussion with our trustees, because obviously it’s not the regular choice for us.”

“We felt we wouldn’t do Star Wars and Spectre because it makes the ‘independent cinema’ tag slightly less true…but we hope it will enable us to show
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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' highlights UK programming dilemma

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' highlights UK programming dilemma
Disney juggernaut set to play in a host of UK independent cinemas but some venues remain defiant.

As UK independent cinemas increasingly bite on blockbusters and studio-level films, the majority of London’s independent cinemas will be screening Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Thursday, December 17.

A fleet of London independents, including most of the capital’s Picturehouse and Curzon venues, are due to show the film, helping to boost the site count beyond an expected 600+ venues.

For some, however, it wasn’t an easy choice.

Kate McCarthy, head of business operations at single screen indie stalwart The Phoenix, told Screen:

“The decision was taken to show Star Wars after quite a bit of discussion with our trustees, because obviously it’s not the regular choice for us.”

“We felt we wouldn’t do Star Wars and Spectre because it makes the ‘independent cinema’ tag slightly less true…but we hope it will enable us to show
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eOne UK's Alex Hamilton talks challenges for 'underdog' films

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eOne Films UK managing director to speak at Screen Film Summit next week.

Speaking in advance of his appearance at next week’s Screen Film Summit (Dec 10), in which he will take part in the Question Time panel addressing big challenges facing the industry and what can be done to tackle them in the next five years, eOne Films UK managing director Alex Hamilton discussed key issues facing his company in the current distribution landscape.

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“The bullseye seems to be getting smaller for the underdog that breaks out,” Hamilton told Screen.

“Even if you have a five-star, critically acclaimed film, the market can be capricious. Sometimes we have films that are good but the reviews aren’t effusive. That can be a challenge.”

“The gap between the big wide-release model and the specialised-release model is a large one,” he added. “It’s a dangerous place to be but also tends to be where
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'Amy' director Asif Kapadia, Working Title's Tim Bevan join Screen Film Summit

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Award-winning director and producer to join execs from BBC Films, StudioCanal, See-Saw Films, eOne and more at annual summit.

Asif Kapadia, director of documentaries Amy and Senna, and Working Title co-founder Tim Bevan have joined the line-up of this year’s Screen Film Summit, which will be held at London’s Picturehouse Central on Dec 10.

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Kapadia, the BAFTA-winning director behind The Warrior, Far North, Senna and the most successful documentary of the year, Amy, will be the subject of a Director in Focus session to give a unique insight into his process and discuss the creation of a sustainable film industry for new filmmakers.

Bevan, co-founder of Working Title with Eric Fellner, will be the subject of a Producer in Focus session and will discuss the genesis and growth of his company as well as the challenges it faces in the current climate.

The company, now owned by
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eOne UK appoints head of theatrical distribution

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eOne UK appoints head of theatrical distribution
Exclusive: Marketing head Kezia Williams promoted into newly created role.

Entertainment One Films UK head of theatrical marketing Kezia Williams has been promoted to the newly created role head of theatrical distribution.

Effective immediately, Williams will oversee all cross-functional theatrical activity and will also retain her oversight of marketing for the division.

Williams joined eOne in 2013 and has since overseen marketing campaigns for films including 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Mr. Turner.

Prior to eOne, Williams served as deputy marketing director for film at Warner Bros. UK, where she led the cross-divisional marketing campaigns for titles including Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit.

Williams started her career in the agency world directing media planning for Sony Pictures before joining Universal Pictures as marketing manager in 2006.

“I am delighted to see Kezia take on this expanded role,” said Alex Hamilton, MD of Entertainment One Films UK.

“Since joining
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Lum takes a swipe at Hollywood and emotionally empty scripts

Troy Lum has laid much of the blame for the virtual demise of mid-level theatrical films on the Us majors. blockbusters mentality.

Speaking during a panel session at the Cannes Film Festival, the MD of eOne Australia also complained that most scripts he reads lack emotional resonance.

.The middle ground all over the world has fallen out of the marketplace,. Lum said during a session on distribution in English-speaking markets moderated by the UK.s Film Council's Ben Luxford and Screen Australia.s Richard Harris.

.The films that were doing £2-5 million in the UK and Australia aren.t really there anymore. That.s unfortunate because that.s where the independent market sits.

.There has been a lack of respect of audiences from the studios just making shit, over and over again, so it meant there's a whole audience that wasn.t being served.

.That coincided with a great boost in TV drama,
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Theresa Roberts upped at eOne

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London-based publicity exec promoted to senior vice president role.

Entertainment One (eOne) has announced the promotion of Theresa Roberts to senior vice president of publicity – production, international & UK film.

The new role will see Roberts extend her publicity expertise into the company’s growing film production business, whilst still overseeing UK publicity activities.

Roberts’ appointment is with immediate effect and she will continue to be based in London, reporting into film production president Xavier Marchand and eOne Films UK MD Alex Hamilton.

The new role will see Roberts drive and oversee strategic global publicity campaigns across the slate from production through to distribution, working closely with film publicity teams across all eOne territories.

Roberts has headed up film publicity for eOne in the UK since 2008 and during that time has overseen the publicity campaigns for films including The Twlight Saga and Oscar winners 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club.

Prior to that
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eOne restructures London TV sales arm

eOne restructures London TV sales arm
The Walking Dead distributor Entertainment One (eOne) has restructured its London-based sales division to merge its TV and film arms.

Charlotte Thorp, head of television sales and business development, will oversee all UK sales to traditional broadcasters and digital platforms following the change.

It follows the departure of Prentiss Fraser, who left eOne to join Fox International Channels as senior vice president of global entertainment sales in September.

Thorp will now report to Stuart Baxter, president of eOne Television International and Alex Hamilton, managing director of eOne Films UK, which is distributing films such as Steve Carell and Channing Tatum’s Foxcatcher.

Meanwhile, Joey Sabella, director of sales, will lead eOne’s Us sales efforts reporting to Baxter and Larry Greenberg, senior vice president of acquisitions, eOne Films Us.

Separately, the company has brought in former Warner Bros exec Graham Spencer as sales director, eOne Television International. Spencer will manage sales across central Europe, Africa, Middle
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eOne reveals growing UK ambition

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eOne reveals growing UK ambition
“We can compete with some of the studios,” says MD of eOne UK, which is aiming to release around 35 films per year.

eOne UK is aiming to release around 35 films per year going forward as it looks to cement its position as one of the top five distributors in the UK.

Upcoming films on the slate include The Rover (August 15), A Walk Amongst the Tombstones (September 19), The Homesman (October), Mr Turner (October 31), Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey? (November), Foxcatcher (January 9) and The Water Diviner (January).

Also on the impressive roster are Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg (July 22, 2016), J.A Bayona’s A Monster Calls, Denis Villeneuve’s A Story Of Your Life, Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees, Gavin Hood’s Eye in the Sky, Jay Roach’s Trumbo, Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt, John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine, Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, court-room drama The Whole Truth and franchise sequel Insurgent.

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Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg officially announced for 2016

Back in April it was revealed that Steven Spielberg had signed on to direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s tale The Bfg, and now eOne Films has officially announced the film, which will arrive in 2016, marking the centenary of Dahl’s birth.

“The world’s number one storyteller in books, the world’s number one storyteller in film, come together in the centenary year of Roald Dahl’s birth for the film of the summer,” said Alex Hamilton, Managing Director of eOne Films UK. “The Bfg has caught our golden phizzwizard and is set to deliver it into the hearts and minds of everyone in the UK in 2016. This will be a Giant film in every sense of the word.”

Spielberg is directed from a script by Melissa Mathison (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) and the film is set to open in the States on July 1st
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Bayona's Monster heads to UK, France

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Bayona's Monster heads to UK, France
Exclusive: UK, France among multi-million dollar buyers of Lionsgate’s Liam Neeson fantasy.

Lionsgate’s J.A. Bayona fantasy A Monster Calls has been one of the market’s hottest scripts, with multi-million dollar deals recently locking in a major territories including UK (eOne) and France (Metropolitan).

The former is believed to have closed for around $4.8m and the latter for around $3.8m.

“After the amazing success of The Impossible and with this truly lovely script, how could we not want to get into business once more with J.A. Bayona, Belen, and Patrick,” Alex Hamilton, managing director, eOne Films UK, told Screen.

Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones are set to star in the fantasy about a boy who seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother’s terminal illness.
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BFI launches producer-distributor Jv

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BFI launches producer-distributor Jv
Exclusive: Six-project pilot will see UK distributors and BFI-backed producers split MGs and revenues.

The BFI is rolling out a new initiative to stimulate investment in British independent films, which will see BFI-backed UK producers split minimum guarantees and revenues with UK distributors.

The BFI will initially launch a six-project pilot test of the optional scheme in order to gauge interest and viability.

Under the terms of the new agreement, a producer would invest part of a Lottery production award from the Film Fund as its contribution of up to 50% of the UK distribution minimum guarantee for the film in question.

In return for sharing the distribution risk, the distributor would allow a 50% share [providing producer investment had been 50%] of its net revenues to be held in a Locked Box by the BFI for re-investment by the producer in their future productions.

From the date that distributor’s gross receipts are first received and throughout the recoupment period a ‘Distributor Base Fee
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BFI launches producer-distributor Jv scheme

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BFI launches producer-distributor Jv scheme
Exclusive: Six-project pilot will see UK distributors and BFI-backed producers split MGs and revenues.

The BFI is rolling out a new initiative to stimulate investment in British independent films, which will see BFI-backed UK producers split minimum guarantees and revenues with UK distributors.

The BFI will initially launch a six-project pilot test of the optional scheme in order to gauge interest and viability.

Under the terms of the new agreement, a producer would invest part of a Lottery production award from the Film Fund as its contribution of up to 50% of the UK distribution minimum guarantee for the film in question.

In return for sharing the distribution risk, the distributor would allow a 50% share [providing producer investment had been 50%] of its net revenues to be held in a Locked Box by the BFI for re-investment by the producer in their future productions.

From the date that distributor’s gross receipts are first received and throughout the recoupment period a ‘Distributor Base Fee
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