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E1 consolidates into buying giant

Co. also plans to increase TV productions

MONTREAL — After a yearlong buying spree, Canuck film and TV company Entertainment One is consolidating all its operations in Canada, the U.K., Holland and Belgium under its new name, E1 Entertainment, to become one of the world’s leading independent film buyers.

E1, which will consist of E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution, also plans to significantly increase the amount of TV fare it produces for U.S. networks and cablers.

The three Canuck TV companies — producers Barna-Alper Prods. and Blueprint Entertainment plus distrib Oasis Intl. — will be folded into E1 Television. The CEO of that subsidiary will be former Blueprint topper John Morayniss; Laszlo Barna will be president; and Oasis founder Peter Emerson will run E1’s global TV distribution biz as president of E1 Television Intl.

Canuck film distribs Seville Pictures of Montreal and Maximum Films of Toronto will be combined to create E1 Entertainment Canada, part of the E1 Films unit. That will be run by co-presidents David Reckziegel (from Seville) and Bryan Gliserman (from Maximum).

British film distrib Contender Entertainment will operate as E1 Entertainment U.K. and will continue to be helmed by managing director Richard Bridgwood.

RCV Entertainment, which distribs films in Holland and Belgium, will be run by longtime co-managing directors Jan Kouwenhoven and Joke Wartenbergh.

Seville Intl. and Maximum Intl. have merged to create E1 Films Intl., which will be run by Maximum’s Charlotte Mickie (formerly of Celluloid Dreams).

Koch Entertainment founder Michael Koch and veteran Koch exec Michael Rosenberg will continue to run U.S. film distribution. The company will be renamed E1 Entertainment U.S.

Koch also becomes CEO of E1 Music, which will include E1 Records and E1 Music Publishing (replacing Koch Records and Koch Music Publishing). Bob Frank remains president of both these U.S. music companies.

The E1-owned Canadian wholesale distribution division will be named E1 Entertainment Distribution and will continue to be run by Terry Stevens. Koch Distribution in the U.S. is to be re-branded as E1 Entertainment Distribution U.S.

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