Entertainment One has entered a four-year output deal with DreamWorks Studios to distribute the company’s films in all media across the UK and Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg).
The first release under the new pact in 2013 will be the remake of Starbuck, starring Vince Vaughn, which starts shooting next month.
Jeff Small, DreamWorks’ President and COO, and eOne’s Patrice Theroux brokered the deal via David Garrett’s international licensing and distribution company Mister Smith Entertainment, who handle DreamWorks’ films in Europe, Africa and The Middle East. DreamWorks’ domestic distributor, The Walt Disney Company, will continue to handle North America, Latin America, Asia, Russia and Australia. Reliance continues to finance production of DreamWorks’ films and hold distribution rights in India.
“We’re delighted to collaborate with Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider, Jeff Small and the innovative DreamWorks team in two of eOne’s core territories. It’s a momentous opportunity to be alongside such esteemed partners and broaden our international slate with top-quality commercial films for years to come. This significant deal aligns so very well with eOne’s distribution infrastructure around the globe. We’re thrilled that our multi-territory strategy continues to attract the best in the business,” said Patrice Theroux, eOne’s President, Filmed Entertainment.
“On behalf of Steven and Stacey, we are so excited to be in business with the amazing team at eOne. They are an industry leader in the UK and Benelux and we know our films will be handled with the utmost skill and creativity by the eOne marketing and distribution teams,” added Jeff Small, DreamWorks’ President and COO.