eOne has acquired Canadian producer Force Four Entertainment from partners Rob Bromley, John Ritchie, and Gillian Lowrey.
The deal bolsters eOne’s activity in scripted and unscripted television from Canada and broadens the international sales slate.
Vancouver-based Force Four launched 1983 and has gone on to produce more than 500 hours of television including Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, The Cupcake Girls, Shannon And Sophie, Village On A Diet, Murder She Solved, and the scripted sitcom Seed.
The two companies partnered on Seed, which aired on CityTV in Canada and The CW in the US. From there they established a first-look arrangement covering scripted and unscripted projects.
“As our business relationship developed, it was clear that Force Four and eOne share very similar tenets and goals, as two Canadian companies committed to great story-telling aimed at worldwide audiences,” said eOne Television president CEO John Morayniss.
“While Force Four will maintain the identity and culture that has allowed them to innovate and create, we are thrilled to welcome their talented team to our family and delighted to invest in and support Force Four’s business as part of eOne,” said eOne Television president, Canada, and COO Margaret O’Brien.
The Force Four president Bromley (pictured), executive producer Ritchie and director of business affairs Lowrey all join eOne.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the dynamic global business of eOne,” said Bromley, who will report to O’Brien. “Our aim has always been for Force Four to make compelling content in Canada that sells around the world. We are so proud to have reached this milestone, and we are looking forward to taking our slate even further creatively and globally.”
Today’s transaction follows eOne’s acquisition of North American factual television company Paperny Entertainment in July.