Shock wave in Quebec film industry: Seville Films, one of Quebec’s largest film distributors, suspends its theatrical distribution activities.
According to information obtained by Newspaper, Distribution company employees were laid off Tuesday afternoon. Seville Films, a subsidiary of the giant company Entertainment One, has distributed a number of popular Quebec films in recent years. Mummy, 1991, Starbucks, Louis Zaire And Liar.
Reached Tuesday evening, confirms information obtained by Patrick Roy, President of Seville Films Newspaper.
“The rumor is true: Entertainment One has decided to stop its theatrical distribution activities in Canada,” he said.
Mr. Roy did not specify the number of employees who lost their jobs on Tuesday, but forwarded these questions to the heads of Entertainment One. However, he hinted that he would announce some good news soon.
“I also left because my contract expires this week,” he said. But I still have the same desire [pour le cinéma en salle] I’m still in discussion with eOne. Hope to be able to announce some good news soon. ⁇
The announcement comes a few days before the comedy movie hits theaters Disappearing lines, One of the most anticipated Quebec films of the summer. Patrick Roy promises the film will be “distributed as it should be”.
“We will look into the release of this film with some of Seville’s staff or former staff, and there will be no impact on its theatrical distribution. I also spoke with Denise Robert this morning [la productrice de Lignes de fuite] To reassure her about the release of the film. She trusts me and she knows the work will go as usual. ⁇
And the future?
As for other releases scheduled for the next few months, “no film will be affected by this decision,” Mr. Roy mentions.
Not only for the next theatrical releases, but many questions remain unanswered. Seville Films’ largest list of Quebec films What to do now ?, many shareholders in the industry were surprised on Tuesday.
Founded in Montreal in 1999, Seville Films was acquired in 2007 by Entertainment One. In 2012, Sevilla merged with Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm, another major distributor in Quebec.
“This is the end of an era, Patrick Roy agrees. But I hope we can finally announce something else and see how the rest unfolds,” Patrick Roy reiterated.
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