Hopscotch/Entertainment One shifts DVD distribution to Twentieth Century Fox

30 November, 2011 by Brendan Swift

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) will distribute Hopscotch/Entertainment One’s DVD and Blu-ray products in Australia and New Zealand from next February.

The deal ends Hopscotch’s six-year partnership with Roadshow Entertainment and follows the Australian-based distributor’s sale to eOne in May. That deal has helped Hopscotch/eOne ramp up its local operations: in June it signed a multi-year output deal with Lakeshore Entertainment and in October it signed a three-year output agreement with Summit Entertainment.

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“The Hopscotch product schedule reflects an exciting growth phase with a broad range of commercial theatrical releases, big brand TV franchises and quality independent and straight to DVD releases that will complement the Fox product portfolio, and give us a tremendous foundation for business success,” TCFHE senior vice president Northern Europe and Asia Pacific, Steven Leighton, said in a statement.

Hopscotch/eOne’s new release TV and catalogue products include Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, and We Need to Talk About Kevin, starring Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton.

Meanwhile, eOne recently released further information the Hopscotch acquisition.

It said Hopscotch generated £6.3 million revenue and £900,000 profit before tax in the period between acquisition (May 13) and September 30.

In the six-month period ended September 30, parent eOne company generated £204.6 million revenue and £9.8 million profit before tax.

The £12.6 million net price that eOne paid for Hopscotch included £6.3 million in net cash.

Contact this reporter at bswift@if.com.au or on Twitter at @bcswift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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