John Hamilton stepped down as co-president of Seville Pictures, the E1 Entertainment-owned Canadian distributor, but he is not straying far from E1.
E1 announced on Wednesday that it has inked a two-year, first-look deal with Hidden Agenda, Hamilton’s new distribution/production company. He will continue to work out of the Seville offices in Montreal.
The agreement will give E1 first look at all Hidden Agenda pics that it produces or distributes, and the deal also includes sales and representation rights to Hidden Agenda pics for the international market via E1 Films Intl.
Hamilton said he’s making the change because he wants to focus on producing and the creative end of the biz, and E1 is not planning to produce features.
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Hamilton. “I’ve always been creatively involved and I want to continue doing that. It feels like a new start….with the same people.”
He plans to produce and/or distribute pics in the $10 million to $20 million range each year, most likely Canadian co-productions.
“This collaboration will provide continued flow of films for E1’s film distribution infrastructure to our expanding list of territories where we currently distribute directly including Canada, the U.S. the U.K. and Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand,” said Patrice Theroux, E1 prexy of filmed entertainment.
Hamilton said he will unveil the Hidden Agenda slate during next month’s Cannes Film Festival.