eOne – Screen Forever asks what use is it now?

eOne has a lot to say about the screen industry's key problem - how to do niche, nuanced, excellent and modestly budgeted?

Fifteen years ago, eOne was a music and home video distribution company in Canada called Records on Wheels which absorbed a chain of record stores in Halifax, and with it acquired Darren Throop as VP of Operations. He ended up as President and CEO of the whole shebang. He is behind everything that followed. 

That dinky but determined business acquired a taste for content companies, was bought out by an equity investor outfit, and went on an acquisitions rampage. Its logo appeared on Australian screens, it got to know the management team at Hopscotch and bought most of it in 2012. Co-owner Troy Lum was trooped into eOne as well, the company bought many excellent businesses, invested in Australian productions and then centralised its management back into Canada. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.