Entertainment One acquires Thompson

L.A.-based exec tapped as senior vp

TORONTO -- Canadian distributor Entertainment One on Monday named former Sony Pictures Worldwide executive Lara Thompson its senior vp worldwide acquisitions.

Thompson, based in Los Angeles, will be responsible for film acquisitions in Toronto-based Entertainment One's core markets of Canada, the U.K., Benelux and the U.S.

Before her recent stint as senior vp worldwide acquisitions at Sony, Thompson was responsible for acquisitions at Britain's Momentum Pictures, a division of rival Canadian distributor Alliance Films, and Working Title Films.

Last week, Entertainment One said it will pay about $51 million in cash and stock to buy Canadian TV producers Barna-Alper Prods. and Blueprint Entertainment as well as distributors Oasis International and Maximum Films.

The Canadian distributor spent $166 million last year on three acquisitions, including $5 million for Seville Entertainment, with the rest going for Britain's Contender Entertainment Group and Benelux distributor RCV Entertainment.