Vancouver TV production company behind Border Security sold to eOne

For the second time since July, Toronto’s Entertainment One (LSE:ETO) (eOne) has swept into Vancouver to buy a TV production company based on the West Coast.

Force Four produces reality TV series Border Security

For the second time since July, Toronto’s Entertainment One (LSE:ETO) (eOne) has swept into Vancouver to buy a TV production company based on the West Coast.

The acquisition of Force Four Entertainment, which eOne announced August 28, follows last month’s purchase of Paperny Entertainment for $29 million.

Terms of the latest deal were not disclosed, however, Force Four’s owners — Rob Bromley, John Ritchie and Gillian Lowrey — are sticking around and will report to eOne Canada president Margaret O’Brien.

A representative from eOne was not available for comment, but the company said in a press release the purchase was aimed at bolstering its international sales offerings.

Force Four has developed reality TV series such as The Bachelor Canada and The Cupcake Girls. Its scripted sitcom, Seed, began airing in July on The CW in the U.S. after first airing in Canada on City.

Force Four is also behind Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, which drew criticisms when the Canada Border Services Agency allowed Force Four to film officers raiding a construction site believed to be employing illegal workers.

Force Four was established in 1983 and has received one Peabody award and 10 Gemini awards.

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