eOne: A Canadian Entertainment Juggernaut With Global Ambition

Hamburg:  With a first-half year revenues increase of 19%, to US$500.2M, Toronto-based multinational media content and distribution company Entertainment One (eOne) is looking to pocket a mitt full of new income in 2017 as the blockbuster movie The Girl On TheTrain shifts from the big screen to DVD and Pay TV.

It is one of a growing number of assets the company has in its arsenal. Among them is its music division.

After fighting off a takeover bid from British television network ITV earlier this year, the firm has moved aggressively on all fronts, including its music division which is now handled by Chris Taylor, the entertainment lawyer who brought his owned Last Gang Records imprint in-house back in March when he became president of eOne Music.

In September, Taylor helped cement the firm's ambition to crack the UK music market with the addition of long-time associate Dan Stacey and his UK-based music management company Hardlivings.

Hardlivings looks after British dance acts Riton, Duke Dumont producer Jax Jones and Brit producer/songwriter Tieks.

The latter is behind Ministry of Sound track "Sunshine" feat. Dan Harkna, which recently peaked at #15 on the UK Singles Chart, in part fueled by a sync for Fiat’s 500 TV advertising campaign.

That move has helped the Canadian firm both broaden its scope and reach in artist management through its brands that now include Last Gang Management (Lights, Arkells, Diana Gordon), WRC Management (Kaytranada, Sango, STWO, Pomo, Lou Phelps) and People’s Champ (Ryan Hemsworth, Badbadnotgood), jointly referred to as The Ozone Management Group of Companies.

Then, earlier this month, eOne Music added Nerve Artist Management to its artist management division. Oliver Sasse and Ryan Hambsch own the U.K./L.A. management company and rep a number of dance, electronica and Alt acts, including Tiga, Big Black Delta, Eliot Sumner, Booka Shade and The Black Madonna.

Last week, eOne Music named another longtime Taylor connection, Ted May, to the newly created role of director, UK music. Taylor is now charged with running the firm's UK music operations.

Based at the firm’s London office and reporting to Taylor, May joins from Universal Music UK where he was senior international marketing manager, working on campaigns for artists including The Lumineers, The Chemical Brothers, Jack Garratt, Jessie Ware and The Vamps.

Prior to Universal, May was artist manager for The Streets, who accumulated one Brit Award, two Ivor Novello’s, two UK number 1 albums and over 4M album sales in their career.

Reached last night before boarding a plane, en-route from Arkells dates in Germany to London, Taylor said the strategy is to be "more than a record company" by "growing our management and publishing arms while doubling down on recorded IP."


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