Robert Walak Exiting Alliance Films Following Takeover By eOne
Berlin: EOne Outlines Canadian And Québec Film Team
With eOne‘s $230M acquisition of rival Canadian giant Alliance Films completed earlier this month, the executive structure in the UK, where the companies overlapped, is coming into somewhat clearer focus. On the eve of the European Film Market in Berlin, eOne today said that Alliance SVP Worldwide Acquisitions and Productions, Robert Walak, is leaving the company to pursue other ventures. The well-liked London-based exec had been at Alliance since 2003 and oversaw the acquisitions of such important titles as The Twilight Saga series in Spain and The King’s Speech and The Woman In Black for the UK. Also leaving is Jon Bourdillon, who headed up home entertainment at eOne. He will be replaced by Ken McMahon of Alliance subsidiary Momentum. Earlier this month, eOne exec Alex Hamilton was named managing director in the UK to oversee the combined film team there. Other exec appointments today include Charlotte Thorp as head of TV sales and business development, Nick Smith as head of digital, Paul Lofting as head of sales, Rebecca Mortimer as head of marketing and Theresa Roberts as head of publicity. When the acquisition of Alliance was complete on January 9, that company’s co-founder/CEO, Victor Loewy, and president Charles Layton both left.