|Founded||London, England (1996–present)|
Toronto, Ontario (2015–present)
|Fate||Absorbed by Entertainment One; relaunched in 2015|
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Parent||Entertainment One (Hasbro, sale of assets to Lionsgate pending)|
Momentum Pictures is an independent film distributor and a subsidiary of Entertainment One, itself part of Hasbro. 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. Two years later, its interest was sold off to German distributor Kinowelt, and took on the name Momentum Pictures in 2000. 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.
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.
Pre-2015 release dates are United Kingdom only.
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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