Universal to Handle eOne Theatrical Distribution in Australia, New Zealand

Entertainment One is to see all its theatrical film distribution operations in Australia and New Zealand handled in future by Universal Pictures International.

The new arrangement comes into effect from April.Upi is already handling eOne collaborations with Amblin Partners and Participant Media, including Golden Globe winner “Green Book,” and “On The Basis of Sex.” The two companies also already jointly handling global distribution of films produced by Brad Weston’s Makeready, with “Queen & Slim,” directed by Melina Matsoukas, in the pipeline.The new arrangement will cover marketing and distribution of all films from eOne and its partners, Sierra/Affinity, Amblin, DreamWorks Studios, Participant, and Reliance Entertainment.

It also covers eOne acquired titles including Gurinder Chadha’s “Blinded by the Light,” “Judy,” and Australian pictures “Top End Wedding,” and “Babyteeth.”Australian theatrical box office hit record levels in 2015 and 2016, but dipped by 5% in 2017 to Us$857 million (A$1.20 billion).


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