E1 Television was founded in 1980 as Barna-Alper Productions Inc. The company was headed by President and Chief Executive Officer Laszlo Barna and Laura Alper, Barna's wife. E1 also distributed through Barna-Alper Releasing Inc. Tom Perlmutter was the company's founding head of documentaries.
E1 also owns a 1% interest in the Canadian digital cable channel, documentary.
In January 2009, after being acquired by Entertainment One, Barna-Alper Productions Inc. was folded into E1 Television along with Blueprint Entertainment, Oasis International/Pictures, Rubber Duck and Contender Entertainment Group, also owned by Entertainment One.
- "NFB PROFILE: Tom Perlmutter". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
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