EXCLUSIVE: Anton Corp., the parent company of Anton Capital Entertainment, has hired former eOne director of development Laura Wilson as VP Acquisitions.
Wilson, who will report to CEO Sebastien Raybaud as well as President of Distribution Harold van Lier, was responsible for overseeing all in-house development at eOne. She previously spent three years at Momentum Pictures as acquisitions coordinator before Momentum’s parent company, Alliance Films, was acquired by eOne in 2013. She starts officially at Anton Corp. on November 10.
Wilson’s hire is a sure signal that Europe-based Anton Corp. is quietly growing and playing a key part in bolstering the strength of international distributors while acquiring more content. Founded by Raybaud in 2011, the company debuted its pioneering co-financing model by partnering with Studiocanal for a whopping €150M ($163.5M) deal that has included international productions such as Shaun the Sheep, Paddington, Non Stop and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, as well as major acquisitions like The Hunger Games and Deepwater Horizon.
Since then, Anton has been building capital and forging additional key relationships. It’s paired with Blumhouse Productions on the co-financing of the reboot of Benji as well as with Elevation Pictures with which it co-finances the entire slate of the Canadian distributor, including titles such as John Lee Hancock’s The Founder with Michael Keaton, Stephen Gaghan’s Gold and Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge. Elevation was founded in 2013 with finance partner Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures.
Anton estimates that it will have invested in 200 titles by early 2017.
Industry veteran van Lier, who previously served as President of eOne Films International as well as EVP International Distribution at Studiocanal, joined Anton in January 2016 as a partner and its President of Distribution.