EXCLUSIVE: Nick Meyer has just informed his staff that he will step down as eOne’s President of Cinema when his contract expires next month.
The news comes as Hasbro is expected to settle on a buyer for its eOne studio division, with the contenders being Lionsgate and Legendary, and distributor GoDigital Media Group, as Deadline first reported.
Hasbro bought eOne in 2019 for $4 billion. The toymaker is looking to download all scripted and unscripted television production (except for the Family Brands division that houses IPs like Peppa Pig and PJ Masks), all film production and related global distribution, and a content library of over 6,500 titles. and Hasbro’s interest in eOne. Canadian film and television business.
The former Sierra/Affinity boss Meyer has had quite a run, with 17 Oscars from 62 nominations and 10 BAFTAs from 51 nominations under that label. He also produced titles like The Female King, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves and Mrs. Harris goes to Paris in eOne.
Below is his email for staff:
These days, success in our industry and the excellence we aspire to depend on our ability to evolve and balance an ever-changing landscape with the desire to make exceptional films and support artists on the winding path to reach audiences. As eOne’s relationship with Hasbro moves into its next chapter, I have decided to end my term as eOne’s President of Cinema when my contract expires next month.
It’s been an epic run, from Sierra’s founding with Marc in 2009 to the subsequent mergers with eOne and Hasbro. Together, we have built a strong film development and production division at eOne by creating award-winning and highly successful content that reaches audiences around the world. In doing so, not only have we brought value to these three brands and learned a lot from each other along the way, but it has also been, most importantly, the highlight of my professional career working alongside all of you. Final point.
The movie business can be nerve-wracking, complex, frustrating, and sometimes even heartbreaking. But when you have a team like the one I’ve been privileged to lead, any challenge we can tackle together is an enriching experience. I am very proud of our record and the work we did together. While there are too many films to count, I am grateful to each of our creative partners who have contributed to our success and growth, including Sierra/Affinity’s 17 Academy Awards from 62 nominations and 10 BAFTAs from 51 nominations, for a diverse list. of films including, among many others, I, TONYA, HELL OR HIGH WATER, NIGHTCRAWLER, SPOTLIGHT, WHIPLASH, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA and the iconic ATOMIC BLONDE.
At eOne, we’ve brought movies to audiences around the world that entertain and inspire, earning positive critical responses and praise for movies like BLUE BAYOU, MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS, and the inspiring WOMAN KING. With next year’s FREAKY TALES, that tradition continues. On Hasbro’s side, we brought DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOR AMONG THIEVES to global audiences last March, which became Hasbro’s best-reviewed film adaptation. And with the upcoming TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE BEASTS, we’ve helped reimagine a storied film franchise. This team has continually delivered to moviegoers, introducing new voices, stories and cinematic perspectives. I am proud that our films have helped create a cultural dialogue and hopefully earned a place in Hollywood history, making dreams come true on the big screen. But while I’m proud of the work, I continue to be even more inspired by the teams behind these films. From business issues to post production, development through marketing and everything in between, each of you has brought your best selves to help make the journey fun, while remaining fully committed to a culture of excellence.
For now, I plan to dedicate my focus, support and leadership to this team until I retire at the end of next month. Again, I will be forever grateful for your hard work and entrepreneurial spirit, humbled by your talent, and honored to have been on this crazy wonderful journey with all of you. This is not a farewell, but rather a “see you soon”. More to come as I’m sure our paths will continue to cross once this amazing chapter comes to a close.
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