Hamilton currently serves as President, International, Film, alongside Patrick Roy. Roy will broaden his remit to oversee all theatrical distribution across eOne’s footprint as President, Theatrical, Film. In the UK, Kezia Williams, who has been leading eOne’s theatrical business under Hamilton, has been promoted to Managing Director, Film, UK, reporting to Roy.
UK-based Hamilton, a respected veteran of the global distribution biz, joined eOne in 2008 to launch the company’s UK operations and in recent years expanded his remit to include a handful of international markets. He spearheaded major UK releases for movies including The Twilight Saga franchise, 12 Years A Slave, The BFG, and I, Daniel Blake.
The move speaks to the shifts in the global distribution market in which significant single picture acquisitions are become less frequent. Sales and distribution firms are increasingly reliant on output deals, in-house production and streaming services as partners. It also speaks to the challenges inherent in the UK market, which has become a near wasteland for sizeable acquisitions. Virtually no major UK deals have been announced out of the AFM, for example.
“Alex’s impact will be long felt at eOne, by our valued filmmaker partners and far beyond across the industry, and we can’t begin to thank him enough for his leadership and commitment over so many years. We are fortunate that Kezia and the talented team will continue in success representing local filmmakers and global eOne partners alike. Kezia’s wide-ranging experience and deep knowledge of the market will further boost our momentum across the UK. For now, our team is focused on the exciting season ahead with films including eOne-produced Wild Rose and Stan & Ollie as well as Green Book, On The Basis of Sex, Vice and If Beale Street Could Talk,” said Steve Bertram, eOne’s President, Film and Television.
“My favourite adventures in the screen trade have been at eOne, working with friends, colleagues, partners and filmmakers across the world. It’s been a privilege to work at this remarkable company for the past 11 years, but now it’s time for a new chapter,” said Hamilton.
It is unclear whether he will attend the EFM in Berlin. Screen first reported the news of Hamilton’s departure.