Harold van Lier joined France’s Studiocanal in 2007 from Summit and was most recently EVP International Distribution. He now leaves the company to become President of eOne Films International, taking over the job in January. (Just ahead of van Lier’s announced departure, Studiocanal said it has promoted Anna Marsh to the role of Head of International Film Sales.) Part of van Lier’s purview will be to launch a new financing and investment model at eOne which also says it has new production financing arrangements with City National Bank and OneWest Bank. Here’s the full press release:
Los Angeles/Toronto/London – October 9, 2013 – Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce that Harold van Lier will join the company’s international film division in the role of President, effective January 2014.
In his new role, van Lier will launch eOne Films International’s integrated financing and investment model that offers film producers an increased and concentrated investment in their films by leveraging the contribution from eOne territories in addition to acquiring worldwide rights. Van Lier will amplify eOne’s international film division through new partnerships with producers, filmmakers and distributors in markets around the world.
In addition, eOne Films International has strengthened its film acquisitions strategy with the successful negotiation of production financing arrangements with City National Bank and OneWest Bank, both of which have confirmed they will support the company’s commitment in feature films through production financing for projects into which eOne Films International significantly invests.
“City National Bank is so pleased to be able to partner with eOne in this key phase of its growth,” said David Acosta, a senior vice president and team leader in Entertainment at City National. “We are excited about continuing to work with such a dynamic and creative management team and helping them leverage their global entertainment platform.”
“OneWest Bank is delighted to extend its partnership with eOne and is pleased to support the company as it strengthens its international film sales offering,” said Daisy Stall, First Vice President of Media & Entertainment at OneWest Bank. “We’ve had the opportunity to work with the eOne team and we are looking forward to expanding our relationship.”
Van Lier will collaborate with eOne film business leaders across territories to maximize direct distribution potential, with a focus on opportunities in the UK market alongside Alex Hamilton, Managing Director, eOne Films UK. Additionally, van Lier will connect a number of other eOne global film divisions including, UK and European film production led by Xavier Marchand, North American film production efforts led by Benedict Carver, Worldwide Acquisitions led by Lara Thompson in Los Angeles, and International sales which he will oversee directly from London.
eOne’s augmented commitment for the years ahead ideally positions the company to secure premium commercial titles with widespread appeal. While planning to maintain a close relationship with eOne’s key creative partners from Quebec and across Canada, van Lier will heighten the group’s profile and abilities in the US, UK and Europe.
“I’ve had the privilege of sitting across the table from Harold and I’m delighted that he is now bringing his expertise to eOne. Harold’s unparalleled understanding of the international business and his longstanding relationships with content creators will enhance eOne’s ability to access wide-appeal feature films in the earliest stages, acquire worldwide rights and secure distribution for our territories,” said Patrice Théroux, who oversees eOne’s global Film business. “The international film sales activity represents an important area of growth for our business and complements the distribution strategy in our territories. Our ability to look at each project as having worldwide potential, will allow us to realize the true value of the eOne distribution network. ”
Van Lier has a broad background in the international film distribution business. Most recently, he served as EVP, International Distribution at Studiocanal. There he spent six years overseeing the growing international business and securing one of the strongest international line-ups including, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Inside Llewyn Davis, Paddington, Shaun the Sheep, Non-Stop and The Gunman. Prior to Studiocanal, van Lier spent five years at Summit Entertainment under Patrick Wachsberger, Bob Hayward and David Garrett in various roles including SVP of International Sales. His past experience also includes director of sales for Intermedia Films both in London and Los Angeles. He began his career as Guy East’s assistant.
Based in London, van Lier will commute between eOne’s London, Toronto and Los Angeles offices. He reports to Théroux.