Entertainment One Films International president Harold van Lier is to leave the company as it looks to focus sales attention on in-house productions.

Harold van Lier

Over the last few years, eOne has been building its film production business under the leadership of Xavier Marchand, president, film production.

Existing sales executives Charlotte van Weede (svp, international sales, eOne Films International) and Anick Poirier (vp, international sales, Seville International) will continue to direct international sales, reporting to Marchand.

Former StudioCanal executive van Lier, who joined eOne in January 2014, will not attend Sundance or the EFM for the company.

Recent third party acquisitions for eOne under van Lier’s stewardship include Spotlight, Captain Fantastic and Trumbo.

Recent in-house productions for the company include drone thriller Eye In The Sky and upcoming Fabrice Du Welz thriller Message From The King.

“As our focus on eOne financed and produced films continues to develop, our global sales efforts and production strategy need to be fully aligned,” said Steve Bertram, president, global film group, Entertainment One. 

“In bringing the International Sales teams together with the Film Production business, we will be best-positioned to offer our distribution partners a portfolio of high quality films that are guided by eOne’s international market expertise.

“We wish to thank Harold for his leadership in building out our International sales capabilities. We wish him the best as he takes on his next challenge.”