Peace Arch Entertainment

Peace Arch Entertainment ("PAE") (formerly known as Medco from 1981 until 1985 and Vidatron Entertainment from 1985 until 1999) was a Canadian motion picture and television production company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with offices in Los Angeles and Vancouver. The company produced and acquired feature films and television programs for worldwide distribution.

Peace Arch Entertainment
FormerlyMedco (1981-1985)
Vidatron Entertainment (1985-1999)
TypeProduction company
IndustryMotion pictures
Founded1981; 41 years ago (1981)
DefunctMay 16, 2013; 9 years ago (2013-05-16)
SuccessorPhase 4 Films
Key people
Michael Taylor
John Flock
Julie Sultan
Jennifer Graham
Paul Gardner
DivisionsKaboom! Entertainment
Trinity Home Entertainment
The Eyes Multimedia Productions


Founded in 1981 as a home entertainment distributor, Peace Arch Entertainment got its name from the famous Peace Arch monument located on the Canada–US border near Blaine, Washington. Much like the monument represents an "open door" policy between the United States and Canada, PAE sought to promote the same form of unity within the company.

It was originally known as Medco, before renaming it in 1985, to Vidatron Entertainment, and the company went public.[1] In 1997, the company had bought out Sugar Entertainment.[2] In 1999, it was then renamed to Peace Arch Entertainment, and continues to develop their own projects.[3] In 2006, Peace Arch announced that it would acquire children's home video distributor Kaboom! Entertainment for $8.5 million.[4] In 2007, Peace Arch announced that it would acquire Los Angeles-based home video distributor Trinity Home Entertainment.[5] In 2009, Peace Arch's home video division and its subsidiary Kaboom! Entertainment was spun-off to form Phase 4 Films, a company founded by Berry Meyerowitz and was later acquired by Entertainment One in 2014.[6][7] Peace Arch Entertainment filed for bankruptcy on May 16, 2013.[8]


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  1. ^ "History of Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc. – FundingUniverse". Retrieved 2022-02-07.
  2. ^ Weiner, Rex (1997-01-13). "Vidatron Group buys Sugar Ent". Variety. Retrieved 2022-02-07.
  3. ^ Graser, Marc (1999-10-18). "'Wave' 1st series with Web music". Variety. Retrieved 2022-02-07.
  4. ^ "Peace Arch buys Canadian home entertainment outfit KaBOOM!". Screen International. January 25, 2006. Retrieved August 14, 2022.
  5. ^ "Peace Arch snaps up U.S.'s Trinity". The Hollywood Reporter. May 10, 2007. Retrieved August 14, 2022.
  6. ^ "Peace Arch spins off DVD arm". Variety. April 20, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2022.
  7. ^ "Peace Arch Home Entertainment stakes sold". The Hollywood Reporter. April 21, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2022.
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