Canada’s E1 expands into France

It will distribute pics and TV shows for home entertainment

MONTREAL — Hot on the heels of the announcement earlier this week that it is entering the U.S. theatrical market, Canuck film company E1 Entertainment is expanding into the home entertainment market in France.

Toronto-based E1 has acquired several pics for distribution including French-language Canuck thriller “7 Days,” “Dorian Gray” toplining Colin Firth, “Love Ranch” (the company’s first U.S. release) with Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci, and “$5 a Day” starring Christopher Walken and Sharon Stone. TV shows to be released on DVD include E1 production “The Bridge” (on CBS in the U.S.), ABC series “Copper” and Syfy series “Haven.”

“The initial list of titles for release in France is an excellent snap-shot of the quality programming available through our extensive film, TV and children offering,” E1 prexy of filmed entertainment Patrice Theroux said on Thursday. “In France, we will offer content through numerous channels with E1 Intl. Television overseeing sales to international digital outlets and local TV networks and E1-branded DVDs being released through Aventi Distribution.”

Aventi exclusively distributes the catalogs of a number of companies, including BAC Films, M6 Video, Opening and CTV.

The move into France greatly expands E1’s reach in Europe. It already distributes in all media, including theatrical, in the U.K. via its subsidiary E1 U.K., and it also distributes in Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg via E1 Benelux, a company it formed after buying the Amsterdam-based distributor RVC.

It has also moved into the distribution biz in Australia and New Zealand, where it is releasing titles in conjunction with Beyond Home Entertainment.

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