11 Facts About Alliance Atlantis


Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc was a Canadian media company that operated primarily as a specialty service operator in Canada.

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Alliance Atlantis had offices in Halifax, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Madrid, Barcelona, Shannon, and Sydney.

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Alliance Atlantis was a merger of two companies founded in 1978 as Atlantis Communications and in 1985 as Alliance Communications.

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Company ceased to exist in 2007 as the broadcasting division acquired by Canwest Global Communications and an affiliate of Goldman Sachs in 2007, with the motion picture division was then spun off and operated independently as Alliance Atlantis Films, headquartered in Montreal, and the international television distribution division is owned by Echo Bridge Entertainment.

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Alliance Atlantis name survived under the Alliance Atlantis Cinemas banner until January 1, 2021, now owned by Cineplex Entertainment.

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Alliance Atlantis was formed in 1998 from the merger of two former production companies, Alliance Communications and Atlantis Communications (founded in 1978).

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At the time of the merger, both companies had launched various Canadian specialty television services; in 1995, Alliance launched Showcase Television while Atlantis launched Life Network; in fall 1997 the companies launched History Television and HGTV Canada respectively.

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Alliance Atlantis had been a major investor in YTV in its first few years before selling out to what is Corus Entertainment.

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In 2007, Alliance Atlantis was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, as published in Maclean's magazine, the only broadcaster to be included on the list.

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On January 10, 2007, it was announced that Alliance Atlantis would be acquired by a consortium of Canwest Global and GS Capital Partners, an affiliate of Goldman Sachs.

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Formally known as Motion Picture Distribution LP, it was re branded and relaunched in 2007 due to the break-up of its preceding company, Alliance Atlantis, which was sold off piece by piece to Canwest Global, GS Capital Partners, along with several other smaller companies.

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