Ent. One grows with Seville buy


North American DVD distributor Entertainment One has acquired Montreal-based movie distributor Seville Pictures in order to kick-start its move into the Canadian theatrical releasing business (HR 8/20). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The purchase follows Toronto-based Entertainment One's June buy of British distributor Contender Entertainment Group for $97.3 million as part of an international expansion under new president and CEO Patrice Theroux.

David Reckziegel and John Hamilton, who co-founded Seville in 1999, will remain with the company as it is folded into a new filmed entertainment division at Entertainment One.