eOne promotes Patrick Roy to president, film, North America

On the North American TV side, Carolyn Newman has joined the company as VP, scripted programming. (Patrick Roy pictured.)

patrick roy-1Entertainment One has expanded the roles of three of its most senior global film execs, promoting Patrick Roy, Alex Hamilton and Troy Lum, as the company implements a new structure across its Global Film Group.

The announcement, made by the president of eOne’s Global Film Group, Steve Bertram, sees Roy, Hamilton and Lum retain their former roles while extending the regional purviews of each.

Roy, formerly the president eOne Films Canada and Les Films Séville, will also now head up eOne’s U.S. film business and specialty label Momentum Pictures under the new title of president, film, North America, Entertainment One & President, Les Films Séville. Roy previously oversaw eOne’s Quebec film operations prior to a promotion in January 2015, when his role was expanded to include the whole of Canada.

eOne also upped Hamilton, leader of the company’s U.K. film business since 2008, to the role of managing director, film, EMEA. In addition to his U.K. responsibilities, Hamilton will now also be in charge of finding growth opportunities for eOne in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as heading up the company’s direct distribution businesses in Spain and Benelux.

As well, eOne named Lum the managing director, film, Asia-Pacific. In the role, Lum, who was previously led eOne’s Australia and New Zealand operations, will now also head up the entire Asia-Pacific region. Lum was one of the founders of Australian distributor Hopscotch, which eOne acquired in 2011.

On the TV side, eOne also announced a hire to its North American television arm, with Carolyn Newman joining the company in the newly created role of VP, scripted programming, eOne Television. Based in L.A., Newman will report to eOne’s president, global scripted programming, Pancho Mansfield. She joins from Amazon Studios where she served as executive in charge of development and production. Newman is a former VP of development and production for Quebec’s Sphere Media.

The promotions are “designed to further support partnership activities globally, and reflects the film group’s increasing number of multi-territory relationships,” said a statement announcing the changes.

Last week, ITV confirmed it had made an offer to acquire eOne for £1.03 billion (CAD $1.76 billion). The bid was rejected, with eOne saying it “fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.” On Monday, it was reported by Bloomberg that private equity firm KKR & Co. was also considering an offer of its own.