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 Pictures.
The news comes a week after eOne rejected a $1.3B takeover approach by UK broadcaster ITV, which the Canada-based conglom said “fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.” And reports over the weekend of interest from other suitors.
EOne has been busily expanding. At the end of 2015, it became one of the principals in Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, joining Participant Media and the Reliance Group in the venture, which sees it handle the direct distribution of Amblin’s films on a multi-territory basis. Also last year, it acquired a 70% stake in Peppa Pig producer Astley Baker Davies, and took a majority stake in the prolific Mark Gordon Company to create an indie studio that will finance and produce film and TV content, which eOne will distribute internationally. Earlier this year, eOne made a strategic equity investment in Sierra Pictures.
Hamilton, who has led eOne’s UK film business since 2008, will expand his purview across Europe, the Middle East and Africa as Managing Director, Film, EMEA. In the role, he will continue to run the UK operation and take on oversight of eOne’s direct distribution businesses in Spain and Benelux. He also will explore growth opportunities within the EMEA region. Since joining eOne, Hamilton has led the UK operation’s growth to become the country’s leading independent distributor.
As Managing Director of Film, Asia Pacific, Lum extends his role from Australia and New Zealand to include the entire region as eOne creates new opportunities there. EOne acquired Lum’s Sydney-based Hopscotch Films in 2011; Lum has produced, acquired and released hundreds of local and international titles. The exec will continue to produce films under his Hopscotch Features label, which has a strategic relationship with eOne.
Roy adds U.S. film and specialty label Momentum Pictures to his Canadian responsibilities, managing all North American film operations as President of Film, North America, and President of specialty label Les Films Séville. A 25-year distribution exec, Roy joined Les Films Seville in 2013, when eOne acquired Alliance, where he served as President of Alliance’s Vivafilm.
EOne Global Film Group President Steve Bertram calls the trio “dynamic leaders with deep industry experience” who have been “instrumental in growing our business and broadening our great partnerships around the world. 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.”
EOne has also confirmed Deadline’s July report that Michal Steinberg has joined eOne in the role of EVP, Business Affairs, Global Film Group. The former Weinstein Co exec will work closely with eOne’s many production partners and direct all Film business affairs activities on a global basis.