Paramount Home Entertainment Pacts with Elevation & ESC-Distribution


Paramount Home Entertainment has entered distribution agreements with U.K.-based Elevation, a Lionsgate and STUDIOCANAL company, and ESC-Distribution (ESCD) in France.

Per the deals, Elevation and ESCD will distribute Paramount Home Entertainment’s physical home entertainment products as of January 2021. Elevation will handle supply chain and sales for the studio’s disc releases to retailers throughout the U.K. and Ireland, while ESCD will do the same throughout France.

Bob Buchi, president of worldwide home entertainment at Paramount Pictures, said: “We are excited to join forces with the Elevation team. With Elevation’s established retail distribution footprint, Kevin’s vast industry experience and leadership, and our world-class content, we will be well-positioned in the market.”

“We are excited to join forces with the ESCD team. With the combination of ESCD expertise, Paramount/ViacomCBS’ world-class content, and strong local French labels, we will be well-positioned in the market.”

Kevin Dersley, managing director at Elevation, said: “We are delighted that Paramount has chosen Elevation Sales to represent their physical home entertainment content in the U.K. and Ireland. Paramount has a fabulous slate of franchise and original productions and a rich catalog steeped in Hollywood heritage–when combined with other studios distributed by Elevation, our content offering to U.K. consumers will be unrivaled.”

Eric Saquet, president and founder of ESC-Distribution, said: “This partnership with Paramount Pictures alongside with our experience in France to market great libraries will position ESCD as a key player with our retail partners with whom we share a passion for physical content.”