Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) and Hopscotch / eOne announced the partnership on Tuesday (Nov 29) to cover new releases, TV and library titles in Australia and New Zealand.
The deal will take effect on Feb 1, 2012, upon expiry of Hopscotch / eOne’s six-year arrangement with Roadshow Entertainment. Releases will not transition until after Mar 31. A selection of titles will remain with 21st Century Pictures for distribution into the rental channel.
Hopscotch / eOne’s pipeline includes current awards contenders Midnight In Paris (pictured) and We Need To Talk About Kevin, as well as upcoming releases such as Rush from Ron Howard, Parker starring Jason Statham and Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths starring Colin Farrell.
“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to represent Hopscotch/eOne in the Australia and New Zealand market,” TCFHE svp Northern Europe and Asia Pacific Steven Leighton said.
“The Hopscotch product schedule reflects an exciting growth phase with a broad range of commercial theatrical releases, big brand TV franchises and quality independent and straight-to-DVD releases that will complement the Fox product portfolio and give us a tremendous foundation for business success.”
“We are excited at the enormous growth that lies ahead,” Jude Troy, managing director of Hopscotch/eOne’s Home Entertainment division, said. “We are confident the partnership with Fox will strengthen our position in the marketplace and support us in the expansion… [and]… take us to the next level.”
eOne acquired Hopscotch in May this year and recently signed a deal with Lakeshore Entertainment for films such as Million Dollar Baby, Runaway Bride and Gamer. The company has also renewed its output deal with Summit Entertainment.