Entertainment One Acquires Alliance Films, Inc.

Entertainment One Acquires Alliance Films, Inc. 
eOne Becomes Largest Independent Film Distributor in Canada and the
UK  
Transaction Brings Together Two Leading Independent Media Companies
under eOne 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/09/13 -- Today the Board of
Entertainment One Ltd. ("eOne" or "the Group") (LSE:ETO) announces
the completion of its transaction to acquire Alliance Films, a
leading independent distributor of filmed entertainment products in
Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain, from affiliates of Goldman
Sachs Capital Partners and Investissement Quebec for approximately
CAD$225 million. The completion of the transaction follows clearance
by the Canadian Competition Bureau last week. 
With international reach across Canada, the United Kingdom, Benelux,
Australia, United States and now Spain, the acquisition unites two
independent film distribution leaders under eOne and establishes the
Group as the largest independent film distributor in both the
Canadian and UK markets. 
The integration of Alliance Films significantly broadens eOne's
filmed entertainment library to over 35,000 titles; enhancing its
offering of premium content across all platforms. 
"This acquisition delivers on eOne's long-term growth strategy to
invest in content, maximize rights ownership and expand our
international footprint," said Darren Throop, President & CEO,
Entertainment One. "We want to recognize Alliance's leaders who have
built a passionate team with a remarkable understanding of the
international film business and their markets. We look forward to
forging relationships with our new partners, representing the very
best in independent film across the globe, and delivering
opportunities for continued growth by eOne on a multi-territory
multi-platform basis. This acquisition better positions eOne to
generate significant value for shareholders." 
eOne now offers more opportunities to work with quality films and
talented film makers from around the globe. In addition to eOne's
existing output and strategic distribution relationships with Summit,
Lakeshore, Lava Bear, Morgan Creek, among others; the transaction
brings eOne output agreements with Lionsgate in Canada, Summit and
Lionsgate in Spain and Relativity in Canada and the UK. 
Leadership for the combined company will
 report to Darren Throop.
Throop announced today that Patrice Theroux will continue to lead the
Film business. eOne also announced that former Alliance CEO Victor
Loewy and former Alliance President Charles Layton have left the
Company to pursue other interests. 
"We're delighted to welcome Alliance's talented team to the eOne
family. eOne is made up of the gifted teams brought together through
the effective integration of Les Films Seville, Contender, RCV, Oasis
International, Barna Alper, Blueprint, Hopscotch, among others, and
we have no doubt that our strong entrepreneurial organization will be
further strengthened with the addition of our new colleagues," said
Theroux. He added, "We're pleased to extend our robust international
distribution infrastructure into Spain. Our enlarged platform and
increased presence on the ground will create meaningful opportunities
for innovation and growth throughout all territories and across our
divisions." 
The Group will begin the integration process and will work quickly to
bring the companies together under eOne. eOne's Television, Music and
Distribution businesses remain unchanged by the transaction. 
About Entertainment One 
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is an international entertainment
company that specializes in the acquisition, production and
distribution of film and television content. The company's
comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the
U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia,
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through
established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company
provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and
music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing.
Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and
includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,700 hours of
television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
Contacts:
For information or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Jackie Rubin
416-979-7256
jrubin@entonegroup.com 
Katie Clark
416-200-3394
katie.clark@edelman.com
 
 
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