eOne acquires Force Four Entertainment


Entertainment One expanded its Canadian production footprint to feed its international content pipeline with news Thursday it has acquired Force Four Entertainment.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but picking up the Vancouver-based producer builds on a relationship that started on the City comedy Seed before turning into an overall first-look deal for scripted and unscripted Force Four projects.

Force Four partners Rob Bromley, John Richie and Gillian Lowrey all join eOne as part of the deal. Bromley oversees the business side of Force Four’s slate, while Richie specializes in broadcaster liaisons and creative management; Lowrey is in charge of finance and business affairs.

The prodco is behind several successful Canadian series, such as the unscripted Border Security: Canada’s Front Line for Shaw Media, and the CBC unscripted miniseries Village on a Diet.  Other titles in the Force Four catalogue include The Cupcake Girls, W Network’s Shannon and Sophie and Murder She Solved.

Seed, recently cancelled by City and before that, the CW, was the company’s first scripted comedy.

eOne has been on an investment and acquisition streak of late, recently acquiring another West Coast producer, Paperny Entertainment, home entertainment distributor Phase 4 Films and investing in Toronto digital powerhouse Secret Location.