Carver, who will be responsible for accelerating eOne’s film and television offerings, will report to Noreen Halpern, prexy of dramatic programming and Lara Thompson, senior veep of worldwide acquisitions.
He will be based in eOne’s L.A. office, joining Dylan Wiley, newly appointed theatrical marketing and distribution veep of the company’s recently expanded theatrical distribution arm, eOne Film U.S.
A former Screen Gems exec and former Variety reporter, Carver will work to identify strategic opportunities, properties and partnerships for both eOne television and eOne film. Working with the acquisitions team and coordinating with the international film distribution units, he will manage projects from production to release.
Prior to joining eOne, Carver co-founded film and TV shingle Dark Hero Studios with David Hayter, which established a first-look TV deal with eOne in March 2010. Dark Hero will continue to work with eOne on projects such as TV series “Push,” and the Anne McCaffrey feature adaptation “Dragonriders of Pern,” which Hayter is attached to write.
Prior to becoming a producer, Carver was senior vice prexy of acquisitions and co-productions at Sony Screen Gems, where he was instrumental in putting together “Resident Evil,” “Resident Evil: Apolcalypse,” “Underworld,” “Silent Hill” and “Hostel” among others.
“Benedict has a knack for bringing the right talent together,” said Halpern in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have him on board as eOne’s television division becomes a preferred production partner and gains momentum with U.S. broadcasters.”
Carver added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to do what I love doing best – putting together films and TV shows – backed by a rapidly growing but very user friendly entertainment organization. It’s been an amazing run with David and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with him on the many projects that we have together.”
While these expansion moves have been in the works since last spring, fest timing is key when all eyes are on Toronto.
“Toronto is our home festival — everything we do as a company we do at Toronto,” said newly appointed eOne Films North America prexy David Reckziegel in a recent interview, adding: “The theatrical move in the U.S. is key to our global strategy as an international sales agent and buyer for multi English-language territories — only studios were capable of that in the past.”