The deal, which runs through 2010, was negotiated by Lightning Media co-presidents Rich Goldberg and Paul Gardner on behalf of Lightning and Lara Thompson on behalf of E1.
Lightning Media's current and upcoming slate includes Amy Redford's The Guitar, starring Saffron Burrows, Isaach De Bankole and Paz de la Huerta; the comedy Tortilla Heaven, starring George Lopez; heist picture Columbus Day, starring Val Kilmer; and sci-fi thriller Warbirds.
In a joint release, Gardner and Goldberg praised E1 and highlighted the company's distribution prowess in both Canada and the UK. Speaking for E1 Films Canada, co-president David Reckziegel expressed reciprocal excitement. He said the deal 'demonstrates Entertainment One's continued momentum and ability to deliver multi-territory distribution agreements.' His UK counterpart, Richard Bridgwood, managing director of E1 Films/Contender, called Lighting 'a real up-and-comer'. 'It's very impressive what they have been able to accomplish in a relatively short period of time, and we're pleased to have the opportunity to work with them in the UK.'
Launched just before Cannes 2008 by Santa Monica-based international sales agency Lightning Entertainment, Lightning Media is now a division of Lightning Entertainment Group.
E1 has announced it is re-branding all of its properties under the E1 moniker.