Electus acquires Engine Entertainment, forms distrib arm

Engine Entertainment, an international distribution and production company, has been acquired by Ben Silverman's multimedia studio, Electus. Electus has also announced the newly formed Electus/Engine Distribution, an in-house global distribution arm.
January 19, 2011

Engine Entertainment, an international distribution and production company, has been acquired by Ben Silverman’s multimedia studio, Electus.  Also announced is the newly formed Electus/Engine Distribution, an in-house distribution division which will handle worldwide sales of Electus’ TV, film and digital content,  which rounds out the company’s global distribution strategy.

Engine Entertainment’s CEO Chris Philip (pictured) will join Electus/Engine Distribution as president and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the distribution arm. Chris Moreton, currently the COO of Engine Entertainment, will take on the role of executive vice president of the new division.

Ben Silverman, CEO of Electus, said in a statement, “The content distribution business is changing, and I believe Chris and his team are a force in international TV distribution with top-level experience in the global TV industry that will prove to be a huge asset to Electus.”

“Ben’s game-changing pre-eminence in the global TV market place consistently raises the bar,” said Chris Philip, president of Engine/Electus Distribution. “In a very competitive landscape for fresh ideas and product, this deal now puts us at the front of the line.”

Electus and Engine had previously worked together, coproducing and distributing an interactive Smart Phone treasure hunt game show, Thumb Wars.  The hybrid reality competition format involved network, advertising and digital integration.

Electus/Engine Distribution will have offices in London, Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

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