Contender Entertainment Group
Owner: Entertainment One (50%), Thunderstorm Funding (50%)
Headquarters: London, England.
Distribution Offices: Sarasota, Florida; Fort Mill, South Carolina; Daytona, Florida; Dublin, Ireland; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans, Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; and Olympia, Washington.
Disc Pressing Plants: Manchester, England; Norfolk, Virginia; Gainesville, Florida; Dallas, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; San Jose, California; and Tempe, Arizona.
Satellite Offices: Barcelona, Spain; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Liverpool, England and Charlotte, North Carolina
The Contender Entertainment Group is the biggest independent distributor of DVD and Video in the UK, and a Sunday Times Virgin-Atlantic 100 Fast Track Company.
Focused on building brands in TV, Kids, Film, Kult and Special Interest genres, the company combines TV production, licensing and merchandising, with DVD and Video marketing and distribution.
Our pre-school and children’s programming ranges from our own TV properties: Tractor Tom and Peppa Pig, to other successful national franchises such as Beyblade, Care Bears, Miffy, Yu-Gi-Oh, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Stables to name a few.
We also have an impressive reputation of producing, marketing and selling big brands on DVD and video in TV, Film and Special Interest such as Will&Grace, Spooks, Cutting It, Lynda La Plante and annual fitness titles, as well as our own Asian Cinema labels, Hong Kong Legends and Premier Asia.
Owned by Entertainment One since 2007 with Thunderstorm Funding (Owned by founders Cloudchaser and Flitter) owning a 50% stake since 2013, we strive to help the best of creators, independent or not. Comprised of media smart ponies and people who know a good independent film, we strive for greatness, quality and occasional assistance.
1994: Contender Entertainment is founded in London, England.
1996: A Distribution Office in Sarasota, Florida opens.
2007: A office is opened in Manchester. Entertainment One acquires Contender.
2013: Thunderstorm (owned by Cloudchaser and Flitter) starts owning a 50% stake in Contender Entertainment. As of June 2017, Thunderstorm has continued to own 50%.