The takeover of Alliance Films by Entertainment One to create a Canadian global-distribution giant left a vacuum that a host of new Canadian distribution veterans in 2013 moved to fill. 

The new eOne-Alliance Films combo took the top-end of the market, leaving other upstarts like Laurie May's Elevation Pictures, Kirk D'Amico's Pacific Northwest Pictures, genre distributor Raven Banner Entertainment, D Films and Vagrant Film Releasing to step up as mid-size distribution players. 

Meanwhile, eOne joined Lionsgate in facing down the major studios and U.S. specialty distributors in North America or as pan-European players across the Atlantic and elsewhere internationally.