|Founded||April 13, 2005|
|Defunct||August 10, 2011|
Alliance Films (2011)
Maple Pictures Corporation was the distribution arm of Alliance Films. It was formed on April 13, 2005 when Lionsgate demerged to two companies—Lions Gate Entertainment and Maple Pictures (formerly the original Lionsgate Films). Maple Pictures was the official distributor for Lionsgate's films and video library throughout Canada.
The company describes itself as a "genre-savvy independent film company making a mark on the industry through its grassroots acquisition, production and distribution of diverse and distinctive filmed entertainment". Maple also has an extensive home video catalogue, which was built up largely by Lions Gate Entertainment's acquisition of several other independent studios. Their logo from 2005 depicts the company's name smothered in concentric circles & rings, whose font is set in Helvetica Bold.
Maple even used to distribute LeapFrog kids' DVDs.
In 2008, Maple Pictures acquired the rights to distribute Miramax films which Alliance Films lost acquisition to earlier in 2007. On August 10, 2011, Alliance Films bought Maple Pictures from Lions Gate Entertainment (Maple's former owner) for a sum of 38.5 million dollars. On January 9, 2013, Entertainment One acquired Alliance, and then on December 30, 2019, American toy and media company Hasbro (after having tried and failed to acquire Lionsgate) acquired eOne. This made Hasbro the corporate parent of Maple Pictures, which it remains to this day.