Eric y. lapointe
NOT THE QUEBEC SINGER
NOT THE QUEBEC SINGER
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Eric Y. Lapointe, is the President & Founder of And Now Global, BC's newest TV distribution company, and the Board Chairperson of the Vancouver Web Fest. Formerly of Montreal, Lapointe spent over 15 years in international marketing & distribution sales; including 3 years at Just For Laughs and 9 years at Cirque du Soleil.
At Just For Laughs, Lapointe was responsible for the distribution & licensing rights to television channels and platforms in over 100 countries. His role included driving the company's global digital video strategy for social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Snapchat. This included the launch of "Just For Labs", an in-house incubator for new digital content, which developed 90+ new comedy video clips. At Cirque du Soleil, Lapointe introduced the company's content onto VOD platforms including iTunes, Google Play and Hulu where a branded Cirque channel was launched.
Prior to getting his feet wet in television, Lapointe started his career by building his own indie record label, Grenadine Records, which helped launch the careers of The Dears, Shy Child and Alexis O'Hara. For fun, he played drums and toured across Canada in the bands Biffy Perdu and Nightwood and wrote a blog about discovering his Montreal neighbourhood. It his curiosity in people, places, projects and on-going interest to create that drives his career.
White Rock, BC / Cell: 514-929-8368 / email@example.com
Entertainment marketing professional with international sales experience and a core strength in the development of strategic partnerships. Core competencies: strategy, business development, digital marketing, branding, team management, mentorship/coaching, sponsorship, budgets, negotiations and legal affairs.
2018 - Present: And Now Global, President, TV & Digital Distribution
Available to build & execute international distribution plans & digital content monetization strategies. Current collaborators include ComediHa, Rogue Panda Pictures and Global Mechanic. Visit Andnowglobal.com for more info.
2019 - Present: And Now Cowork, Vice President, Coworking Space
Newly launched coworking space in White Rock, BC.
2015-2018: Just For Laughs, Senior Director, International TV & Digital Sales
Headed the international sales & distribution of Just for Laughs TV in 100 countries (2000+ hours sold).
Oversaw JFL’s digital monetization team (included a YouTube reach of over 6.3M subscribers).
Directed digital & social media marketing of the JFL Gags brand (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
Developed the company’s 5-year digital strategy and new content distribution approach.
Initiated JFL’s first influencer marketing activations and obtained over 10 million views on Snapchat.
Built Just For Labs, a cross-functional R&D content team and Executive-Produced 90+ digital shorts.
Met annual sales objectives and brought onboard new digital and traditional broadcasting partners.
Associate-Produced the Comedy Central International television special with Africa, Spain and Italy.
Attended industry markets including MIPCOM, NATPE Europe, DISCOP Africa and Vidcon.
Reported directly to the Vice President of Operations.
Supervising 4 direct reports.
2005-2014: Cirque du Soleil, Senior Advisor, Marketing & Distribution
Headed the worldwide sales, marketing and partnerships (e.g. ARTE, ITV, iTunes) of Cirque’s commercial content in TV, music & new media with over 800 TV programs sold from 2008-2014.
Created a live show themed-series concept in 2014 called “KURIOS ABOUT MUSIC” with an integrated campaign that resulted in new sources of revenue plus $35K in additional ticket sales.
Introduced new digital initiatives in 2014 ($250K in revenues), 2013 (first North American-wide VOD launch with a branded campaign) and 2011 with the creation of the company’s first web-series.
Met targets and ensured annual growth of business units (e.g. +13% TV/DVD in 2012).
Managed sponsorship accounts from 2006-2008 (e.g. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, MetLife, Sennheiser) billing in excess of $1 million. Resulted in partnership renewals.
Integrated a new ticketing system for RCI/Wyndham which initiated an additional $50K in sales.
Supervised one direct report: the Distribution & Marketing Coordinator.
2004-2005: Marketingisland.com, Client Services Manager
Managed a $600K+ portfolio of corporate accounts for a SaaS online software system.
Analyzed accounts and implemented new business opportunities (one key client grew by 50%).
Administered the brand marketing of client software products via communication plans that included newsletters, seminars and webinar training.
Prepared and presented quarterly reports to clients’ executive management.
2000-2004: Grenadine Records, Co-Founder / Head of Marketing & Sales
Developed the initial business plan which raised over $40K in start-up capital.
Implemented the plan which created 2 full-time positions and one part-time.
Negotiated and signed 10 artist contracts including The Dears and Shy Child.
Initiated the company’s North American retail sales program.
Created marketing plans and developed budgets for full product executions.
Managed artists, tours, project specific freelancers and interns/volunteers.
Bishop’s University, BBA marketing concentration, Lennoxville, QC, 2000
Fully fluent in English and French. Introductory Mandarin.
VOLUNTEER WORK & AWARDS
2017-Present: Board Chairperson, Vancouver WebFest
2016-2017: Judge for Vancouver WebFest (comedy category)
2010-2016: Business Coach & Jury Member for Fondation Montréal Inc.
2015: Juror for CARAS/Juno Awards (Classical: Large Ensemble category)
2013-2016: Vice-President, Parent-Teacher Board Member (École-Saint-Anselme)
2012-2014: Board member & Treasurer for CPE Topinambour (daycare centre)
2010: Invited to participate in Tapis Vert (Cirque’s fast-track management program)
2009-2012: Board member; Amis du Parc Médéric-Martin (community non-profit)
2002-2011: Jury Member for FACTOR artist grants (Canadian music association)
2001: Regional winner of the Quebec Entrepreneurial Contest
Eric Y. Lapointe
Company website: Andnowglobal.com
Hey look in the corner of the photo (place your phone horizontally to see)! It's Cirque du Soleil and the last show I worked on: KURIOS. Things do have a way of coming back around!