Cannes 2012: Entertainment One Promotes Lara Thompson

2012-15 REV Cosmopolis H

Robert Pattinson and Paul Giamatti (background) in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."

A former Sony high flier, Thompson will become executive vp, filmed entertainment for the Canadian distributor and be charged with pushing its worldwide growth.

Entertainment One has created a new role for its current worldwide acquisitions senior vp Lara Thompson as part of its plans to grow its global activity.

The Toronto-based company has boosted Thompson to the newly-created role of executive vp, filmed entertainment and charged her with expanding the company's reach around the globe.

A familiar face at all the major markets, Thompson aims to build on eOne’s strategy of acquiring and exploiting rights across multiple territories by establishing and broadening relationships with film producers, distributors and sales agents around the globe.

The company recently snapped up U.S. and British distribution rights to David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis from Paris-based Kinology which unspools during this year's Festival de Cannes.

Thompson will also continue to oversee the company’s worldwide film acquisition operations and work with eOne’s global teams to source multi-territory opportunities for the film divisions as well as the international sales units.

"This is certainly an exciting opportunity. I’m looking forward to diving even deeper into the international film community, developing new partnerships and accessing premium titles at the earliest possible stage in the game for our global pipeline," said Thompson.

Before joining eOne in 2008, Thompson was svp, worldwide acquisitions at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group.

eOne president, filmed entertainment Patrice Théroux said: "Her impressive expertise of the international landscape, strong relationships in the film community and aptitude for sourcing top product has supported the company’s growth in its core territories and worldwide."

Thompson will continue to report to Théroux and will operate from eOne’s LA office.