Nearly two years after its acquisition of Alliance, Canadian giant eOne continues to make changes within its film division. The latest move is a rejigger of the global film business that will see the exit of global film division head Patrice Théroux, and the entry of Steve Bertram as President, Global Film Group. Bertram is a DreamWorks veteran who most recently led new business development and operations. He has also previously held senior positions at Paramount and Relativity. His mandate is to lead film activities globally, including supervision of eOne’s direct distribution operations in Canada, the UK, the U.S., Australia/New Zealand, Spain and Benelux. He will also oversee the company’s film production and international sales operations. Théroux, who joined eOne in 2007, has decided to leave “to explore new opportunities in film, television and digital,” a company statement said. He will segue to a film and TV development deal for Canadian and international projects.
“While it’s very difficult to bid adieu to eOne, I know that I leave each our film teams in the very strong and capable hands of our division leaders,” said Théroux. “I am proud of the business we built and the very many talented partners I had the fortune of working with at eOne, relationships that will undoubtedly continue, and I am looking forward to my next adventures.”
Bertram’s background includes having built and managed DreamWorks’ new technology initiatives and strategic partnerships; overseeing London-based theatrical marketing and distribution activities; acting as CFO of DreamWorks, LLC before the sale to Viacom in 2005; and acting as President of Business Operations for the Home Entertainment division of Paramount Pictures. He was also President & COO of Relativity Media in 2011 before returning to DreamWorks.
EOne has been steadily revamping operations over the past year including bringing in Harold van Lier as president of international and changing the focus of its U.S. film and distribution business which is now overseen by Berry Meyerowitz. That move followed the acquisition of Phase 4 Films and the exit of North American Flms President David Reckziegel.