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eOne to up U.S. distribution

Reckziegel to eOne Films North America prexy

Entertainment One is moving to expand its theatrical distribution biz Stateside, the company announced Wednesday.

Current eOne Films Canada co-prexy David Reckziegel becomes the new eOne Films North American prexy, based in Montreal. Former co-prexy Bryan Gliserman now tops eOne Films Canada, based in Toronto.

Dylan Wiley has been named theatrical marketing and distribution VP of the new eOne Films U.S. Wiley, former head of RKO marketing and distribution, will be based in L.A.

Moves come as part of Toronto-based eOne’s overhaul of its North American film biz. “There is opportunity for growth, especially in the U.S.,” said eOne Filmed Entertainment prexy Patrice Theroux. “David’s extensive industry background and proven leadership make him the perfect candidate to oversee achieving this growth, while Bryan’s expanded focus will be maintaining and growing our position in Canada.”

EOne Films U.S. aims to release 12-15 films per year beginning in early 2012.

Distrib released several pics in the U.S. last year and identified plenty of room to move in the market. An expanded U.S. operation enhances eOne’s ability to nab rights to premium indie titles, build aud awareness before U.S. DVD and digital release and drive demand in eOne’s other sales and distribution territories, which include the U.K., Ireland, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia and Australia.

“When we acquire worldwide rights for films across all media formats, it creates an opportunity to support select titles with U.S. theatrical releases,” Reckziegel said. “Our product line will focus on upscale arthouse pictures, independent genre films and feature documentaries with breakout potential.”

With eOne Films Canada set to unspool 22 features at the Toronto Film Festival, this restructuring suggests the company will be even more aggressive in acquisitions at next month’s event.

“We’re looking forward to actively pursuing titles for the U.S. market and broadening eOne’s global relationships at the festival,” Reckziegel said.

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