Universal to Take Over eOne's Theatrical Distribution in Australia, New Zealand

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'Wild Rose'

The deal will begin with films released after April and will include such titles as 'Wild Rose.'

Entertainment One's international scope is set to slim down, with Universal Pictures International taking over its theatrical film distribution operations in Australia and New Zealand. 

The announcement was made by Duncan Clark, UPI’s president distribution, and Steve Bertram, eOne’s president film and television.

Beginning with films released after April, UPI will manage all films from eOne and its network of partners.

The upcoming slate includes eOne-produced films Wild Rose, starring Jessie Buckley and directed by Tom Harper, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, produced by Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Andre Ovredal; Annapurna-produced films including Booksmart, directed by Olivia Wilde, starring Jason Sudeikis, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, directed by Richard Linklater, starring Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig; and Amblin-produced A Dog’s Journey, starring Dennis Quaid.

UPI will also handle a series of eOne-acquired films, including Gurinder Chadha's Blinded by the Light; Judy, starring Renee Zellweger; and local pictures Top End Wedding and Babyteeth.

The deal builds on Universal and eOne’s ongoing collaborations on titles from Amblin Partners and Participant Media, including current eOne releases Green Book, starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, and On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Universal and eOne also jointly handle global distribution of films produced by Brad Weston’s Makeready, including the highly anticipated Queen & Slim, starring Daniel Kaluuya, written by Lena Waithe and directed by Melina Matsoukas.

“eOne’s slate of high-quality commercial films add a valuable new dimension to our business in Australia and New Zealand," said Clark. "We have had a successful working relationship with the eOne teams around the world over the years and are excited to work alongside their network of partners, filmmakers and creative talent that continue to bring great independent movies to the marketplace. We are delighted to represent them in this key territory."

Added Bertram: "Having worked with Universal for many years on the numerous films we’ve shared, we are thrilled to partner with Duncan, Mike Baard and the talented executives in Australia and throughout the International team. As we continue to focus our efforts on sourcing and producing the highest-quality films for distribution around the world, we are confident that this new partnership will enhance the potential of all the films we bring to market in Australia and New Zealand."