Canada's E1 takes on Yari titles.


TORONTO -- Canadian distributor Entertainment One will release Yari Film Group titles in Canada through 2010 as part of an agreement unveiled Thursday.

Entertainment One's Canadian distribution arm, Seville Entertainment, will handle around 10 theatrical titles annually as it retains all domestic movie rights, including for the Internet.

The latest output deal for Entertainment One, which is listed on Britain's AIM market, bolsters its push to compete against Alliance Films, Canada's largest indie distributor recently acquired by Goldman Sachs & Co.

Entertainment One has also pursued beyond Canada, as it builds distribution businesses in Britain, Benelux, and the U.S. market.

"E1 (Entertainment One) has moved very quickly to establish itself as a dominant film distribution company in Canada and we couldn't be happier than to have them take over the distribution of our films in Canada," Yari Film Group chief creative officer David Glasser said in a statement.

The first Yari Film Group release for Seville will be "Assassination of a High School President," which stars Mischa Barton, Reece Thompson and Bruce Willis, and is due out in August.

E1's filmed entertainment president Patrice Theroux and Seville Picture's president David Reckziegel brokered their pact with Yari Film Group's Glasser.

Other upcoming titles include Joe Carnahan's "Killing Pablo," Peter Hewitt's "The Lonely Maiden," headlined by Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken and William H. Macy, and Rod Lurie's "Nothing But the Truth," which includes Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett and Alan Alda.