‘1917’ Back Atop U.K. Home Video Chart

Entertainment One’s 1917 returned to the No. 1 spot on the Official Film Chart following its release on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD. The three-time Oscar-winning World War I movie from Universal Pictures and director Sam Mendes sold 146,000 DVD/Blu-ray Disc units for the week ended May 27, knocking last week’s chart-topper Bad Boys For Life from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment down to No. 2.

Disney/Pixar’s Onward maintained  the third spot while Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker climbed two places to No. 4. Little Women (Sony Pictures) dropped one spot to No. 5.

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Disney’s The Call of the Wild entered the chart in sixth. The Harrison Ford-starring reboot about a dog named Buck whose life is uprooted when he is removed from his home and ends up in the wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the 1890s Gold Rush, was released on disc in the United States on May 12 by Disney/Fox.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Cats debuted at No. 7 featuring Taylor Swift, James Corden, Jason Derulo and Dame Judi Dench as a tribe of cats, with one of them ascending for yearly reincarnation.

Finally, Disney’s Frozen II (8), Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level (9) and Dinesy/Fox’s Jojo Rabbit (10) remained in the Top 10 for another week.

Entertainment One Inks Deal With Former Marvel Exec Jeremy Latcham

Entertainment One has entered into a first-look agreement with producer and former Marvel Studios executive Jeremy Latcham.

Hasbro recently acquired eOne.

The first project announced under the deal is a film for “Dungeons & Dragons,” which is managed by Wizards of the Coast, a Hasbro subsidiary that also manages “Magic: The Gathering.” Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are attached to write and direct the film, which is co-produced by eOne, Hasbro’s global entertainment studio, and Paramount. This film marks the first project for eOne with Paramount since eOne’s acquisition by Hasbro.

“Jeremy is a massively talented producer with a track record of creating true-to-brand films with size and scope that resonate with audiences and excel on a global scale,” Nick Meyer, eOne president of film, said in a statement. “In our exciting new era with Hasbro, we’re thrilled to begin this new partnership and look forward to sharing the amazing projects that are to come.”

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“Nick and the entire eOne team have welcomed me into the fold with open arms,” Latcham said in a statement. “Hasbro’s incredibly rich library of beloved brands in addition to the opportunity to develop original material makes for a very exciting next step for me as a creative producer. My passion for telling stories steeped in heart, humor and spectacle aligns with D&D’s decades of immersive, adventure-driven storytelling, and I am beyond excited to help John and Jonathan, eOne, Paramount, and Wizards of the Coast bring this rich world to filmgoing audiences.”

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Latcham most recently produced 2018’s Bad Times at the El Royale. Previously, Latcham spent 13 years at Marvel Studios, where he executive produced Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers. Latcham was the associate producer on Iron Man and co-producer on Iron Man 2.

Hasbro’s additional film properties include the “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe” film franchises.

Universal Inks Home Entertainment Distribution Deal with Entertainment One

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has signed a multiyear, multi-territory distribution deal to serve as the home entertainment distributor of Entertainment One’s titles across both transactional physical and digital formats.

The pact covers film, television and select family content and includes all sales, marketing and distribution, spanning the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

“This new global partnership with Universal builds on our shared commitment to bring compelling content to audiences around the world,” said Steve Bertram, eOne president, film and television, in a statement. “Our recent and upcoming collaborations on titles from eOne partners MAKEREADY, DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media underscore the strong foundation for our growing relationship. As eOne continues to expand its focus on producing and financing premium film and television properties, we are very excited to partner with UPHE whose expertise, scale and deep customer relationships have made them market leaders year after year.”

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“UPHE is very pleased to become eOne’s home entertainment distributor in territories around the world,” said Eddie Cunningham, president, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, in a statement. “We are delighted to add eOne’s premier entertainment portfolio to UPHE’s global distribution organization and look forward to working with our physical and digital retail partners to drive this business forward.”

The agreement complements the existing theatrical marketing and distribution partnership between eOne and Universal Pictures International announced earlier this year for the Australian and New Zealand markets. UPHE will also begin to market and distribute eOne’s catalog of new and existing properties in Australia in May, beginning with the Academy Award Best Picture winner Green Book.

Video Vet Dan Gurlitz Lands at MVD

Dan Gurlitz, a veteran of the home video industry, has joined MVD Entertainment Group in digital sales and documentary acquisitions.

With 35 years of experience in film distribution, Gurlitz previously held executive positions for such companies as Entertainment One U.S., The Disinformation Company and Wellspring Media/Fox Lorber Associates. He is also the founder of Soundview Media Partners, a boutique firm he launched in 2010 to work with independent filmmakers, establish distribution of their films and represent their educational and non-theatrical licensing.

“With Dan’s longstanding passion for independent film, specifically documentaries, we know he will contribute immensely to our organization,” said Rob Hyman, digital director of MVD.

“I have held MVD in the highest regard for many years and have been impressed by the smoothness of their operation and the growth they have experienced and continue to experience,” Gurlitz said. “I could not be more excited about joining their team and playing a positive role in their future.”

MVD Entertainment Group is a music and movie distribution firm, exclusively representing thousands of audio and visual products on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, CD, vinyl, and digital, worldwide. MVD also exclusively distributes a growing line of merchandise including limited edition collectibles, T-shirts, and more.

Entertainment One Appoints Mark Gordon President and Chief Content Officer

Independent studio Entertainment One has appointed Mark Gordon president and chief content officer, film, television and digital, and has agreed to acquire the remaining 49% of The Mark Gordon Co. for $209 million subject to shareholder approval.

In this newly-created role, Gordon will lead the company’s creative units.

Steve Bertram was also appointed president, film, television and digital. In his new role, Bertram will oversee all commercial and distribution operations.

Gordon and Bertram will drive the growth of eOne’s content groups and distribution platforms, accelerating its strategy to increase the volume of premium content, according to the company.

“Mark Gordon is one of the industry’s most accomplished film and television producers with a long track-record of success and commitment to putting talent first. Mark’s leadership over content creation across eOne underscores our vision to be the preeminent platform-agnostic content company in the world,” said Darren Throop, eOne CEO, in a statement. “Today’s transaction signals that we are focused on investing heavily in the best creative talent. This is where Mark shines and what we know he’ll continue to do well into the future with eOne and all of our resources fully behind him.”

“Darren’s commitment to support our vision gives me confidence that we will achieve the quality and volume of premium content on a much broader scale both domestically and internationally,” said Gordon, in a statement. “Ultimately, it is the creative partnerships with producers, writers, directors and actors that will bring us success. It is our mission to provide them the opportunity to tell great stories and to be financially rewarded for their work.”

“Mark’s unwavering support of creative talent and relentless pursuit of the highest quality content have been the foundation of his success,” added Bertram, in a statement. “His creative instincts, deep relationships, and unique understanding of the content audiences crave, have supercharged our business over the past three years. I couldn’t be more excited to unleash that power across eOne, and to leverage eOne’s global resources to extend Mark’s talent-friendly approach.”

Entertainment One acquired 51% of The Mark Gordon Co. in January 2015. Since then, the two companies have collaborated to establish an independent studio, producing and financing film, network, cable, and digital premium content, distributed by eOne around the world. Most recently, under Gordon’s leadership, MGC has produced feature films such as Murder on the Orient Express; the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated Molly’s Game; and the upcoming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. He has also led the company in producing television series such as “Designated Survivor” and “The Rookie.”

John Morayniss, who led eOne’s television business since its inception in 2008, has decided to step down, but will remain with the company to help facilitate a smooth transition, according to eOne.

“I want to recognize John, whose focus, innovative deal-making and charismatic leadership of our television business over so many years has helped make us the global force we are today. John’s relationships across the industry resulted in exponential growth across eOne’s television business in Canada and around the globe, and he leaves us with incredible momentum. I’m thankful for his continuing support through the transition,” Throop said in a statement.