The co-founder of one of Australia’s best known film distribution companies has stepped down. Frank Cox will depart Hopscotch/Entertainment One immediately.
Cox established Hopscotch Films, which currently has Australian-made film The Sapphires doing well in local box office, with partners Troy Lum and Sandie Don in 2002. Lum will continue as head of eOne’s Australian operations, and Don as marketing and acquisitions director.
In April, 2011 Hopscotch was acquired by Canadian based company Entertainment One for $20m.
Cox said of his departure: “This decision was bittersweet. I’m very proud of the Hopscotch team and grateful for the truly amazing work they’ve done to attract and showcase Australian talent over the past 10 years. I am certain that Troy and Sandie will continue to lead the gifted and hardworking Hopscotch team and I’m excited to watch the business continue to grow.”
Cox began touring feature films in 1970 and moved into distribution in 1976 before creating New Vision Films in 1983 which became the founding library of the Hopscotch business. He is also co-founder and co-owner of Melbourne’s Kino Cinemas.
Cox and Lum are currently at the Venice International Film Festival.