Turns out, the parent company of Entertainment One (the independent label releasing David Archuleta’s No Matter How Far album) started out right here in Canada. Their history makes for interesting reading (for me, anyway, lol):
From roots as a Canadian record and tape retailer to a global leader in content, Entertainment One has touched nearly every step of acquisition, production and distribution for film, television and music. Today, Entertainment One has grown beyond its modest record store roots bringing film and music to regions around the world — with more than 24,000 film and television titles, 2,700 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
eOne began operations in 1973 in Ontario, Canada, as Records on Wheels Limited (‘ROW’), founded and operated by Vito Ierullo and Don Ierullo focusing on retail sales of recorded music. In the late 1970s ROW began to distribute recorded music for third party retailers throughout Canada. Over the next 20+ years, entertainment content distribution became ROW’s primary focus as the company expanded into video, purchasing one of Canada’s largest home entertainment distributors, Video One Canada. In November 2003 ROW listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange as ROW Entertainment Income Fund, and soon after changed its name to Entertainment One Income Fund for which the role of CEO of Entertainment One was graciously given to the current CEO of eOne by Vito Ierullo.
In June 2005, Entertainment One Income Fund acquired Koch Entertainment, North America’s largest indie music label and a large U.S. distributor of home entertainment products. The combined company, now called Entertainment One (a.k.a. eOne), had a comprehensive U.S.-Canadian distribution network and began acquiring rights for specialty content. In 2007, in a move to fund expansion into independent feature film distribution and rights ownership, eOne was sold to UK-based Marwyn Investment Management and immediately listed on London’s Alternative Investment Market in a $200 million IPO.
In 2007, eOne acquired Montreal-based film distributor Seville Pictures and UK distributor Contender Entertainment and, that same year, the company secured its first film output agreement with Summit Entertainment – a deal which included the future cinematic and home video blockbuster Twilight film series, a teen romance about vampires based on the best-selling book of the same name. The acquisitions continued in 2008 with the purchase of leading Benelux distributor RCV Entertainment. That same year, eOne created its television arm, purchasing production companies Blueprint and Barna-Alper and international television distributor Oasis International.
On January 9, 2013, Entertainment One (eOne) completed transaction of Alliance Films for $225 million and will merge Alliance Films and all of their subsidiaries under the Entertainment One brand. With this deal, eOne will distribute titles from The Weinstein Company and Lionsgate as well as Summit Entertainment, Focus Features, Lakeshore, Lava Bear, and Morgan Creek in Canada; the deal also brings eOne output agreements with Summit and Lionsgate in Spain and Relativity Media in Canada and the UK.
E1 Music (formerly Koch Records), the primary subsidiary of E1 Entertainment LP, is an independent record label in the United States. It is widely regarded as the top independent record label in the United States, having garnered the most Billboard hits of any independent record label in history. It is also distributed by the Universal Music Group in Europe under the name E1 Universal. On January 22, 2009, Koch Records was officially branded as “E1 Music” by parent company Entertainment One.
Since its inception as KOCH Records, E1 Music has charted over 100 albums on Billboard‘s Independent Chart, surpassing the number of titles charted by all other U.S. independent labels. E1 Music has been the number one independent label according to Billboard for the last six years and quickly grew to become North America’s largest independently owned and distributed record label. E1 Music covers all musical genres from adult-contemporary to rock, urban to country, children’s to classical.
Sources: Entertainment One and wikipedia
Love these guys already!
It has come to our attention that David Archuleta fans are the real deal! Talented artist, tremendous fanbase.
— eOneMusicCanada (@eOneMusicCanada) February 6, 2013