Entertainment One rolled out the blue carpet Sunday evening for its annual Toronto Film Festival bash, which has been steadily growing in size over the years, much like the company itself.
Just before the festival, the company announced it had bought Vancouver-based TV prodco Force Four Entertainment, whose three top execs — president Rob Bromley, exec producer John Ritchie, and director of business affairs Gillian Lowrey — are all joining eOne. In July, eOne bought Vancouver factual TV powerhouse Paperny Entertainment.
So there was much to celebrate Sunday night in the cavernous, blue-lit Moss Park Armory, where Entertainment One president and CEO Darren Throop and eOne’s film division president Patrice Theroux mingled with Canadian and international company colleagues, casts and crews of domestic TV and film productions, and guests associated with the 17 Canadian and international Toronto Film Festival titles eOne is distributing in North America.
No surprise, a major contingent of the cast of eOne’s Toronto-lensed police drama “Rookie Blue,” now in its fifth season, was on patrol.
Canadian directors Atom Egoyan (“Captive”) and Jason Priestley arrived for duty, as did singing thesp Jeremy Jordan, still buzzing from the well received world premiere of “The Last Five Years,” in which he stars opposite Anna Kendrick.
Hot new Aussie talent Alex Russell, in town for the international premiere of Tony Ayres’ thriller “Cut Snake” (which’s eOne’s Seville International is selling in Toronto), chatted up his upcoming pics, including Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” (Universal) and his starring role in Will Bakke’s “Believe Me” (Gravitas Ventures).
(Pictured: The Trailer Park Boys celebrate at eOne’s Toronto party)