Entertainment One (eOne) and Hammer have entered into an exclusive multi-year first-look film agreement, which includes production, financing and distribution.
Founded in November 1934, Hammer is one of the oldest film companies in the world. Creating a robust multi-genre portfolio, Hammer has truly built a brand for itself by producing well-known genre fare, including recent critically acclaimed Let Me In and The Quiet Ones, as well as the worldwide box office smash The Woman in Black and its upcoming sequel Woman in Black: Angel of Death, coproduced with eOne.
“We’re thrilled to extend our partnership with Simon Oakes, Marc Schipper and the innovative Hammer team,” said Xavier Marchand, eOne’s President, Film Production. “As we continue to expand our production business, it’s rewarding to build on our shared success with Woman in Black and attach one of the industry’s most sought-after independent producers to our global network in order to access great projects in new ways. It’s very exciting for our teams around the world to add crowd-pleasers to the lineup in our territories and add them to our international sales slate for our partners around the globe.”
eOne will distribute the Hammer films in Canada, the UK, Benelux, Spain and Australia/New Zealand. The company’s international sales arm, eOne Films International under Harold van Lier, will handle the rest of the international territories.
“We’re delighted to have eOne as our distribution, financing and production partner, which provides us with wide global reach while maintaining the creative and commercial flexibility of an independent. This deal, which we view as a rare opportunity for an independent producer, will allow Hammer to significantly increase its production output,” said Oakes and Schipper.
London-based Marchand will oversee the deal for eOne.