John Ritchie

eOne merges Canuck factual prodcos

Entertainment One is combining its Canadian factual prodcos Paperny and Force Four, resulting in the exits of senior execs from both sides. Both prodcos will be positioned under the Entertainment One Television banner following the process, which will take place in coming months, according to Ontario-headquartered eOne. Paperny Entertainment’s long-serving executive VP, Cal Shumiatcher, will […]

eOne prodco hires Corus exec as SVP

Entertainment One-owned Canadian prodco Force Four Entertainment has hired a Corus Entertainment original programming chief to launch a new Toronto office. Vibika Bianchi joins as senior VP, reporting to chief creative officer John Ritchie, and will work closely with Vancouver-based senior VP and head of development Robert Hardy to expand Force Four’s slate. This comes […]

eOne acquires another Canuck prodco

North American production giant Entertainment One has acquired another Canada-based producer – this time the Vancouver-based Four Force Entertainment. This comes after eOne paid C$29.2 million (US$27.2 million) in July for Paperny Entertainment. No figure was placed on this latest deal. Four Force is best known for unscripted shows such as Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, […]