Entertainment One Names European Leadership

Woman in Black Daniel Radcliffe Candle light - H 2012
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Woman in Black Daniel Radcliffe Candle light - H 2012

After the acquisition of Alliance Films, the "Twilight Saga" distributor picks Alex Hamilton to oversee its combined U.K. team, while Jorge Vazquez will run its business in Spain.

LONDON -- Canadian producer/distributor Entertainment One on Tuesday unveiled its European leadership in the aftermath of its acquisition of Alliance Films, from affiliates of Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and Investissement Québec for approximately $228 million (CAD$225 million).

The enlarged group, which merges the global operations of the two companies, means more responsibility for Alex Hamilton, eOne's current U.K. managing director. Hamilton will oversee the combined U.K. team, including Alliance's Momentum Pictures business, as managing director.

Jorge Vazquez will serve as managing director for the company's operations in Spain.

Patrice Theroux, who leads eOne’s global film business, announced the management decisions.

Theroux also said Adam Hurst will transition from his current role as eOne’s deputy CFO to take on the role of finance director for the combined U.K. film business, while Igor Ibeas will serve as deputy managing director for the company in Spain.

"We’re delighted to present our European leaders. As we move forward, adding Spain to our core film territories, it’s with the confidence that we are being championed by the industry’s finest,” said Theroux. "They all have an incredible knowledge of their markets and the international film business. We are thrilled to harness their leadership to continue to build eOne’s European Film operations for years to come."

Joining Jan Kouwenhoven, who leads eOne Film Benelux, Hamilton, Vazquez, Hurst and Ibeas will be charged with building on the group's strategic relationships across Europe and around the world.

Momentum Pictures chief Xavier Marchand, one of the key players of the distributor, whose recent successes include the Oscar-winning The King's Speech and The Woman In Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is expected to remain with the group.