eOne acquires Force Four Entertainment

eOne's footprint in the Canadian production landscape has increased with the acquisition of Force Four Entertainment, the Vancouver-based indie behind Cupcake Girls (pictured) and Village on a Diet.
August 28, 2014

Entertainment One’s footprint in the Canadian production landscape increased again Thursday (August 28), with the acquisition of Vancouver-based producer Force Four Entertainment.

The deal builds on an existing relationship between the two companies, which started on the City comedy Seed before turning into an overall first-look deal for scripted and unscripted Force Four projects.

Terms of the takeover were not disclosed.

Force Four partners Rob Bromley, John Richie and Gillian Lowrey all join eOne as part of the deal. Bromley oversees the business side of Force Four’s slate, while Richie specializes in broadcaster liaisons and creative management and Lowrey is in charge of finance and business affairs.

Force Four is behind several successful Canadian series, such as the unscripted Border Security: Canada’s Front Line for Shaw Media, and the CBC unscripted miniseries Village on a Diet.  Other titles in the Force Four catalog include The Cupcake Girls, W Network’s Shannon and Sophie, and Murder She Solved.

Seed, recently cancelled by City and before that, the CW, was the company’s first scripted comedy.

eOne has been on an investment and acquisition streak of late, recently acquiring another West Coast producer, Paperny Entertainment, home entertainment distributor Phase 4 Films, and investing in Toronto digital powerhouse Secret Location.

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