eOne Buys Force Four Entertainment


TORONTO: Entertainment One (eOne) has acquired the Canadian producer Force Four Entertainment, which is behind such series as Border Security: Canada’s Front Line and The Cupcake Girls.

Force Four and eOne first worked together on Seed, which aired on CityTV in Canada and The CW in the U.S. This led to an overall first-look deal for both scripted and unscripted projects. Other shows to Force Four’s credit include Shannon and Sophie, Village on a Diet and Murder She Solved.

As part of the deal, the Force Four leadership team, which includes Rob Bromley (president), John Ritchie (executive producer) and Gillian Lowrey (director of business affairs) all join eOne.

“As our business relationship developed, it was clear that Force Four and eOne share very similar tenets and goals, as two Canadian companies committed to great story-telling aimed at worldwide audiences,” said John Morayniss, the CEO of eOne Television.

“While Force Four will maintain the identity and culture that has allowed them to innovate and create, we are thrilled to welcome their talented team to our family and delighted to invest in and support Force Four’s business as part of eOne,” added Margaret O’Brien, eOne’s president for Canada and COO of eOne Television.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the dynamic global business of eOne,” said Bromley. “Our aim has always been for Force Four to make compelling content in Canada that sells around the world.  We are so proud to have reached this milestone, and we are looking forward to taking our slate even further creatively and globally.”

Bromley will now report to O’Brien.