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eOne Sales Convention Draws Hundreds of Execs

14 Jul, 2011 By: Thomas K. Arnold

NEW ORLEANS — Entertainment One, the Canadian-based music and entertainment company that is one of the biggest independent distributors of home entertainment product in the United States, hosted nearly 200 of executives here July 13 to 16 for its annual sales convention.

More than 50 of the 75 labels distributed by eOne, including S’More Entertainment, Palisades Tartan and Disinformation, gave presentations of upcoming DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases.

The event began with Michael Rosenberg, president of Entertainment One U.S. and Entertainment One Distribution U.S., previewing some of the upcoming releases from the distributor’s in-house home entertainment label.

On the movie front, several Tribeca Film Festival favorites are in the pipeline, including Attack on Leningrad, about the German invasion of Russia during World War II, with Mira Sorvino and Gabriel Byrne; The Bang Bang Club, about photojournalists in South Africa during apartheid, with Ryan Phillippe; and Son of Morning, a comedy about a man mistaken as the next Messiah that stars Heather Graham and “The Sopranos” alumna Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Lorraine Bracco.

eOne also has a heavy TV DVD schedule, highlighted by the complete series of “It Takes a Thief,” the late 1960s show about a government-backed cat burglar that stars Robert Wagner and ran for three seasons; the crime drama “Rookie Blue,” which runs on ABC; “Elvira’s Movie Macabre”; and the “Titanic” miniseries that’s scheduled to run on ABC in April 2012 on what will be the 100th anniversary of the celebrated ship’s sinking.

And on the kidvid front, eOne is bringing back to disc the original “Babar” series that ran on HBO.

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