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Former Entertainment One execs launch Blink Studios

Industry veterans and former Entertainment One executives John Morayniss, Patrice Theroux, Jeff Lynas and Nelson Kuo-Lee have reunited to launch a new company, Blink Studios, with Endeavor Content as its ...
November 2, 2021

Industry veterans and former Entertainment One executives John Morayniss, Patrice Theroux, Jeff Lynas and Nelson Kuo-Lee have reunited to launch a new company, Blink Studios, with Endeavor Content as its anchor investor and lead strategic partner.

With its headquarters in Toronto and offices in Los Angeles, Blink Studios will operate as a full-service indie studio focused on the development, production and monetization of scripted and unscripted content for a global market, with Endeavor Content acting as Blink Studios’ priority distribution partner worldwide.

Morayniss (pictured), former CEO of eOne TV, will lead Blink Studios as CEO. Theroux, former CEO of Alliance Films and president of film and TV for eOne, will be executive vice chairperson. Lynas, a former senior VP at eOne, will be COO, and Kuo-Lee, former COO and CFO at eOne, will be the chief financial officer. Kirstine Stewart, former head of the CBC and VP at Twitter, has been appointed as non-executive board chairperson, and Chris Rice, co-president of Endeavor Content, is also joining Blink as a board member.

With its Canadian base, Blink will focus heavily on investments in Canadian prodcos with an emphasis on both scripted and unscripted programming in all genres and formats.

Additionally, the company is targeting strategic deals with creators and producers, while pursuing IP in Canada and around the world. Blink Studios also plans to support new and diverse Canadian voices and wants to use its expertise, capital and relationships to give diverse, compelling stories a chance to reach a global market.

The company is in the process of putting together its creative and production team, and will announce more key hires in the coming weeks.

“I am beyond delighted and energized to be partnering with my former colleagues, Patrice, Jeff and Nelson, in this new media enterprise,” Morayniss said in a statement. “And, of course, we couldn’t be more excited about launching Blink Studios with the commitment and support of Endeavor Content as our lead strategic investor. When we first began our discussions with Chris and Graham, we felt that there was an immediate understanding and alignment as to why we were so passionate about building a world-class Canadian indie and how we were going to achieve success with a new and improved creative-first approach and strategy.”

“We are thrilled to be in business with such a phenomenal team and to help support building a business that leans heavily into Canadian talent. Blink is set up to invest in both the most established producers and the incredibly exciting emerging voices coming from Canada — where huge opportunity exists,” added Rice and Graham Taylor, co-presidents of Endeavor Content.

The company is not to be confused with factual-focused Blink Films or commercial and music video prodco Blink Productions, both operating out of the UK.

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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