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Partnership Kicks Off with Series of Anticipated Fall Day-And-Date Releases

TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Entertainment One Films U.S. (eOne) and Vimeo have signed a distribution agreement, which includes the day-and-date release of four highly anticipated fall features and ongoing releases from eOne's critically acclaimed catalog encompassing more than 35,000 film and television titles on Vimeo On Demand.

The partnership kicks off with the North American releases of Claudia Meyers' Fort Bliss on September 19th, followed by Catch Hell on October 10th, The Culture High on October 17th, and closes the fall with A Merry Friggin Christmas starring Robin Williams on November 7th.

Additionally, Vimeo has closed a separate deal with the filmmaking team behind The Culture High to extend the film to global audiences by powering the worldwide release.

"As the industry's largest global independent distributor, eOne, is a powerful partner for Vimeo and our mutual dedication to connecting content creators with audiences around the world makes it even more exciting," said Sam Toles, Vice President of Content Acquisitions and Business Development, Vimeo. "The Culture High is the perfect celebration of this, with eOne releasing the film on our platform to North American audiences while we directly empower the filmmaker to extend his work to the rest of the world simultaneously."

Additional notes on each of the upcoming highlighted film releases follows below:

  • Fort Bliss:  Directed by Claudia Myers and staring Michelle Monaghan (True Detective), Fort Bliss is a feature narrative following decorated Army medic and single mother (Monaghan) as she returns home from an extended tour in Afghanistan to discover that she must now find a way to reconcile her duties as a mother and her obligations as a soldier.
  • Catch Hell:  Starring Ryan Phillippe in his directorial debut, Catch Hell is a suspense thriller that follows former Hollywood star Reagon Pearce (Phillippe) as he is kidnapped by thugs on the way to work in Shreveport, Louisiana. Trapped in a swamp hut, his kidnappers torture and blackmail him, hijacking his twitter account and threatening to upload compromising material.
  • The Culture High:  A new feature documentary from the makers of "The Union: The Business Behind Getting High," The Culture High is the riveting story that tears into the very fiber of modern day marijuana debate to reveal the truth behind the arguments and motives governing both those who support and oppose the existing pot laws and includes celebrity commentary from the likes of Snoop Dogg and Sir Richard Branson.
  • A Merry Friggin' Christmas:  An American comedy starring Joel McHale, Lauren Graham and the late Robin Williams. Boyd Mitchler (McHale) and his family are forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parents' house with his eccentric father whom he has been avoiding for years. When he realizes that he left his son's gifts at home, Boyd and his father must hit the road in a blizzard to retrieve the gifts before sunrise to save Christmas.

The deal closed today at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where both companies were present.

Vimeo | TIFF 2014 Partnership
This year Vimeo has partnered with TIFF to unveil the Vimeo Convergence Centre, an exciting addition to the Industry Conference venues located within the Glenn Gould Studio. Registered TIFF delegates will have access to an expanded conference program, including Vimeo's exclusive Filmmaker's Guide to the (Distribution) Galaxy sessions featuring Vimeo's Creative Director, Jeremy Boxer and Director of Audience Development and Content Operations, Peter Gerard

As part of the partnership with TIFF, Vimeo is also proud to unveil the Vimeo Short Cuts Channel (https://vimeo.com/channels/tiffshortcuts), a dedicated channel to extend a filmmaker's short following its TIFF premiere to Vimeo's passionate community of over 170 million viewers.

About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is an international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company's comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,800 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.

About Vimeo
Vimeo® is the high-quality video platform for creators and their audiences. Vimeo's mission is to empower and inspire people around the world to create, share, and discover videos. Vimeo enables creators to sell original films and series worldwide through Vimeo On Demand, its open self-distribution platform. Vimeo has more than 30 million registered members and reaches a global monthly audience of over 170 million people. Founded in 2004 and based in New York City, Vimeo, LLC is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).

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