When Entertainment One agreed to buy Canadian rival Alliance Film for $225 million in September, it certainly knew the property because Theroux had worked at Alliance for 18 years. The acquisition -- which is conditioned on regulatory approvals -- will boost eOne's box office market share for Canada to around 20% because of Canadian output deals with top Hollywood indies, a percentage comparable to that of a Hollywood major. Theroux, who joined eOne in 2007, says, "I knew the company,...
Few individuals in the film industry are as restlessly ambitious and acquisitive as Darren Throop – possibly because Throop has his roots in the music business, an arguably more turbulent area in terms of trends and format changes, especially in the digital age.
His entertainment career began in 1991 with the foundation of Urban Sound Exchange, a chain of independent retail music stores. Building and acquiring several music distribution ventures over the next ten years, Throop joined the eOne group in 1999 and has been CEO since July 2003.
Under Throop’s guidance, eOne has seen growth in all content fields, striking an output deal with Summit Entertainment in 2007, acquiring Alliance Films in 2012, and in 2015 entering into a joint venture studio partnership with The Mark Gordon Company, producers of small-screen hits “Grey’s Anatomy” and blockbuster films such as “Saving Private Ryan.” The company’s library has over 40,000 movie titles, over 4,500 hours of television content and over 45,000 music tracks.
Throop didn’t slow down in 2017, striking a deal for globally owned IP with “The Revenant” producer Brad Weston. EOne plans on acquiring and producing a reduced slate with fewer and larger films, where the company has a greater level of control with consistent financial risk.
Says Throop, with some pride, “We are a multi-national, multi-channelled content owner, producer and distributor of music, movies, and television content.” The proof of this diversity is that, as well as being the boss of the distributing company behind the YA fantasy hit movie franchise “The Hunger Games” and licensees of animated children’s TV show “Peppa Pig,” Throop himself was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame in 2015.