Alliance Films

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Alliance Films, Inc.
Former type Subsidiary
Industry Distribution and production
Fate Acquired by and folded into Entertainment One
Founded 1984 (launch)
2007 (relaunch as a result of Alliance Atlantis collapse)
Defunct 2013
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec, Canada [1]
Products Film distribution, Home video
Revenue Increase$250m CAD
Divisions Maple Pictures
Momentum Pictures
Aurum Producciones
Website www.alliancefilms.com

Alliance Films (formerly Alliance Entertainment, Alliance Communications, Alliance Atlantis Releasing LTD or CIC Canada and also known as Alliance VivaFilm in Quebec) was a major Canadian motion picture distribution/production company, which had served Canada, the United Kingdom, and Spain. It is part of the Entertainment One group and has been folded into eOne due to the January 9, 2013 acquisition. It was one of the major motion picture distribution/production companies to distribute independent films outside the United States.

History[edit]

Alliance Films era (1984–2012)[edit]

It was formed in 1984 by Stephen Roth, Denis Héroux, John Kemeny, Robert Lantos, Andras Hamori and Susan Cavan as Alliance Entertainment. It acquired a Montreal-based Francophone distribution company, Vivafilm, in 1990. In 1998, it merged with Atlantis Communications, forming Alliance Atlantis Communications.

Formally known as Motion Picture Distribution LP, it was re branded and relaunched in 2007 due to the collapse of its preceding company, Alliance Atlantis, which was sold off piece by piece to CanWest Global, GS Capital Partners, along with several other smaller companies. Société générale de financement du Québec, an investment agency of the provincial government, owns 51% of the voting shares of the company and 38.5% of the equity. GS Capital owns the remainder of the company.

Alliance Films was headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, in the Quartier International.[citation needed]

In the mid-2000s, Alliance Films began to produce films in moderation. In addition to producing films as The Rocket with Cinémaginaire (as well as other movies), National Lampoon's Senior Trip with New Line Cinema and Munich with Universal Pictures, DreamWorks SKG and Amblin Entertainment of and before the days of Alliance Atlantis respectively, they were responsible for co-producing the 2008 teen slasher Prom Night with Screen Gems and Original Film. They also produced and distributed the war drama Passchendaele, and co-produced the comedy Stone of Destiny with Infinity Features Entertainment and The Mob Film Company. They are also responsible for co-producing the 2011 horror film Insidious with FilmDistrict and Wanderlust with Universal Pictures and Apatow Productions.

In 2010, Alliance Films expanded its home video operations with an aggressive push into the TV-on-DVD market. It began releasing various television series on DVD, the majority are Canadian productions or Canadian co-productions. To date they have released over 20 series and continue to release more.[citation needed]

On June 24, 2011, Alliance Films bought Maple Pictures from Lions Gate Entertainment (Maple's former owner) for a sum of 38.5 million dollars.[2]

In partnership with Cineplex Entertainment, Alliance Films also operates Alliance Cinemas, owner of two Toronto-area theatres. During the MPD era, all materials relating to Alliance Atlantis–distributed films contained a disclaimer stating that Alliance Atlantis was "an indirect limited partner of Motion Picture Distribution LP, not a general partner". However, in fact, the company controlled the general partner of the partnership, and hence effectively controlled the distribution unit itself.[citation needed]

Since early 2010 Alliance Films has been partnering with Jason Blum and his BlumHouse Productions to produce low budget horror films. This began with Insidious which was released in 2011. The next to be released was Sinister in 2012 and Dark Skies in 2013. Since the 2013 acquisition and absorption, it is unclear if eOne will be a partner on subsequent BlumHouse films and their sequels.

On January 3, 2012, it was announced that Goldman Sachs Group is looking to sell its majority stake in Alliance Films.[3]

Entertainment One era (2013–present)[edit]

On May 28, 2012, Entertainment One (eOne) confirmed their bid to purchase Alliance Films from Goldman Sachs Group, similar to the purchase of Maple Pictures a year prior.[4] The purchase would later be finalized once the deal was approved by the Canadian Competition Bureau,[5] which it received months later.[6]

On January 9, 2013, Entertainment One (eOne) completed transaction of Alliance Films for $225 million and has merged Alliance Films and all of their subsidiaries under the Entertainment One brand.[7]

Distribution[edit]

Alliance Films has distributed all or some of the following companies' films before the eOne acquisition:

NOTE: Alliance Films' video releases were distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, until the acquisition by eOne.

Divisions[edit]

  • Alliance Vivafilm: Francophone film business that produces and distributes feature films in Quebec
  • Alliance Home Entertainment: Home entertainment division that releases feature films & TV series on DVD

Alliance Films also operates the following international subsidiaries:

TV series[edit]

The following is a list of TV series that have been released on DVD by Alliance Films:

Alliance Films is the official Canadian distributor for the following series:

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