Momentum Pictures was a film distributor owned by Entertainment One, a subsidiary of Lionsgate. Prior to 2013, it was a brand of Canadian distributor Alliance Films used for its releases in the United Kingdom, and was one of the leading independent distributors in the UK and Ireland. It was originally formed in 1997 after Alliance Communications had bought out distributor Electric Pictures.[1] Two years later, its interest was sold off to German distributor Kinowelt,[2] and took on the name Momentum Pictures in 2000.[3] Following eOne's purchase of the company, Alliance and its divisions were folded under the eOne brand. The Momentum brand was revived in 2015 as part of a venture with Orion Pictures to jointly acquire films for distribution in North America and international markets.[4]

Momentum Pictures
Company typePublic
IndustryFilm distribution
Founded1996; 28 years ago (1996) (Original)
2015; 9 years ago (2015) (Relaunch)
Defunct2013; 11 years ago (2013) (Original)
2023; 1 year ago (2023) (Relaunch)
FateAbsorbed by Entertainment One in 2013; relaunched in 2015; reabsorbed in 2023
SuccessorsLionsgate Films
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
ProductsMotion pictures
ParentEntertainment One

The studio has also released several family films, such as Hoodwinked!, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (co-distributed with United International Pictures as part of a two-year agreement), Arthur and the Invisibles and Igor, as well as the home video rights for popular TV series Creature Comforts.

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Pre-2015 release dates are United Kingdom only.

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In February 2011, Momentum Pictures won eight BAFTA awards, more than any other UK distributor. Seven awards went to The King's Speech, including Best Film and Best Actor. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo won Best Film Not in the English Language.

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  1. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (1997-02-26). "U.K. Alliance goes Electric". Variety. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  2. ^ Swedko, Pam (August 9, 1000). "AAC's $400M partner". Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  3. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (2000-05-10). "Momentum rolls with 'Brother,' 'Bullwinkle'". Variety. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  4. ^ "eOne Revives Momentum Pictures and Partners With Orion For Films — Toronto". Deadline. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015.

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