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Paperny, Force Four to move under eOne TV banner

Toronto-headquartered Entertainment One is bringing its Canadian unscripted properties under one roof, realscreen has confirmed. The company will amalgamate the operations of Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment, both of which joined ...
January 19, 2017

Toronto-headquartered Entertainment One is bringing its Canadian unscripted properties under one roof, realscreen has confirmed.

The company will amalgamate the operations of Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment, both of which joined the eOne umbrella in 2014, under the eOne Television brand in the coming months.

The move will look to optimally position eOne’s Canadian-based unscripted television unit for future growth, while complementing eOne’s U.S.-based alternative programming efforts.

Paperny executive VP Cal Shumiatcher will lead the combined business, overseeing the consolidation process with Force Four’s John Ritchie also taking on a new leadership role within the merged business.

David Paperny (pictured), Paperny Entertainment founder and president, will remain with the company to ensure a smooth transition before exiting on July 31, while executive VP Audrey Mehler will depart the company in the coming days. Force Four chief operating officer Gillian Lowrey, meanwhile, will exit April 1.

Paperny, which has produced such series as Yukon Gold and Klondike Trappers, was acquired in 2014 for CAD$29.2 million (US$27.2 million). Vancouver-based Force Four, meanwhile, was picked up in August 2014 and has previously produced Slice’s First Dates and Global’s Border Security: America’s Front Line.

eOne’s Canadian unscripted business will continue to have offices in Vancouver and Toronto, with a satellite office in New York.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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