Lightning strikes Entertainment One pact

Amy Redford's 'Guitar' among upcoming Lightning releases

TORONTO -- Canadian distributor Entertainment One on Tuesday said it has secured a multiterritory distribution deal with Santa Monica-based Lightning Entertainment Group.

The output deal with Lightning Media, the group's distribution arm led by co-presidents Paul Gardner and Rich Goldberg, will see E1 handle Lightning film releases in Canada and the U.K. through 2010.

Upcoming Lightning releases include Amy Redford's "The Guitar," the George Lopez starrer "Tortilla Heaven" and the heist action picture "Columbus Day," which stars Val Kilmer.

The pact was hammered out by Goldberg and Gardner on behalf of Lightning and Lara Thompson for Entertainment One.

Toronto-based E1 earlier signed output deals with Summit Entertainment, Yari Film Group, IFC and Lakeshore Entertainment.