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Entertainment One takes up Hopscotch down under

Canadian producer-distributor Entertainment One has acquired Australian distribution group Hopscotch for an undisclosed sum.
April 11, 2011

Canadian producer-distributor Entertainment One (eOne) has acquired Australian distribution group Hopscotch for an undisclosed sum.

Based in Sydney, Hopscotch has been distributing to the Australian and New Zealand markets since 2002, with documentaries such as Bowling For Columbine, Oceans, Valentino: The Last Emperor, Solo, Spellbound and Earth From Above in its catalogue.

This deal marks eOne’s first acquisition into the Australasian market and is in line with its global expansion strategy. Darren Throop, eOne’s president and CEO, said the deal was a “momentous step forward in building our multi-territory content ownership and distribution infrastructure.”

Hopscotch released 15 titles theatrically in 2010, predominantly narrative features, and controls a library of more than 300 feature films and TV titles. Following completion of the acquisition, which is slated to happen on or around May 4, the indie will form part of eOne’s Filmed Entertainment division, which is headed by Patrice Theroux.

“Troy, Frank, Sandie and the Hopscotch team have built a world-renowned, highly-successful and dynamic business,” said Theroux. “This acquisition allows us to follow our plan to enter new markets at the highest level. We will continue to look at other opportunities to drive eOne’s expansion with a focus on growing the territories where we already have operations.”

eOne now operates in the UK, the U.S., Canada, Benelux, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Scandinavia and South Africa.

“This deal enables Hopscotch to flourish as part of a larger international group,” said Troy Lum, Hopscotch’s MD. “It’s clear that eOne has successfully built a unique multi-territory film distribution operation.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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