Noah Segal Boards Elevation Pictures

The former Entertainment One Films Canada exec joins the indie distributor launched by Laurie May, with financial backing from Teddy Schwarzman's Black Bear Pictures.

TORONTO -- Veteran film exec Noah Segal has boarded Elevation Pictures, the Canadian indie distributor backed by Teddy Schwarzman's Black Bear Pictures.

Segal, former co-president of eOne Films Canada, will serve as co-president of Elevation alongside Laurie May, who launched the company in September 2013 with financial backing from Schwarzman.

Segal will oversee film distribution, sales, acquisitions and operations at Elevation, which also has an output deal with Black Bear Pictures.

"Noah is a great addition to our growing team at Elevation. He brings valuable skills, relationships and experience," May said Wednesday in a statement.

May and Segal worked together at Lionsgate and then Alliance Films, before that company was acquired by eOne.

Segal launched indie film producer Toy Boat Pictures after leaving eOne Films Canada.

May was co-founder and co-president of Maple Pictures before the Canadian distributor was acquired by Alliance Films in 2011.

Alliance was subsequently acquired by eOne, which she left in early 2013.

Elevation and a host of new market entrants have since looked to fill the market gap left after Alliance Films was swallowed up.

The Elevation release slate includes the Tom Hardy-starrer Locke, Brad Peyton's Incarnate, A Most Violent Year, from director J.C. Chandor, and the Canadian co-production Regression, from director Alejandro Amenabar.