03 November 2012

Entertainment One Opens Office in Brussels, Belgium

London/Toronto – 02 November 2012 - Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce the expansion of its European film operations and the opening of its Belgium office. This comes as a result of the company's global plan to broaden its distribution network, attain greater access to premium films from around the world, and better serve distribution partners in Belgium and throughout Europe.

eOne extended its distribution network into Benelux in 2008 with the acquisition of successful local distributor RCV (now eOne Benelux). Helmed by eOne Benelux Managing Director, Jan Kouwenhoven, the Hilversum-headquartered group has focused on the multi-platform distribution of local productions as well as films attained through eOne's partnerships worldwide. Most notably, eOne Benelux has seen tremendous box-office results with local films including, MEES KEES and DE VERBOUWING; and secured its place as the leading independent distributor in the territory.

"We're thrilled to bolster our presence in Europe and have the opportunity to work with our partners from the ground in Belgium. This expansion speaks to the strength of the creative community in the Benelux and the dedication of Jan and his team towards the success of local productions," said Patrice Theroux, eOne's President, Filmed Entertainment. "Following on from the recent expansion of our international television business as well as our international film sales business in Europe, it's rewarding to see growth in our core territories as we continue in our strategy to enhance our multi-territory infrastructure and slate both organically and by acquisition."

Located in Brussels, the new office will focus on theatrical distribution in Belgium and home entertainment in French-speaking Belgium. While Jeffrey de Graaff (Director of Theatrical, eOne Benelux) will lead theatrical activities, Rick Hartman (Director of Home Entertainment, eOne Benelux) will be responsible for the growing home entertainment operations in Wallonia.

Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading 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, 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 24,000 film and television titles, 2,700 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks. 

Source: Entertainment One Ltd.