Entertainment One

Lionsgate buys eOne for US$500m

After months of searching for a buyer, Hasbro has sold production-distribution firm Entertainment One (eOne) to Lionsgate for US$500 million. The deal, which is expected to close by the end of the year, comprised $375m cash, subject to additional purchase price adjustments, and the assumption of production financing loans. eOne was put up for sale by toy […]

Activist investor calls on Hasbro to sell Entertainment One

An activist investor at Hasbro has reportedly told the toymaker to sell off the multinational entertainment company Entertainment One (eOne). According to a letter obtained by the WSJ, Ancora Holdings – which owns a 1% stake in Hasbro – has said that it wants the company to explore a full or partial sale in order to […]

Hasbro wraps up US$3.8 billion Entertainment One deal

Power Rangers owner Hasbro has completed its $3.8bn deal (£2.9bn) to acquire Entertainment One (eOne), the company behind kids behemoth Peppa Pig and dramas such as The Rookie. Darren Throop, eOne’s president and CEO, will now report to Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s chairman and CEO. Elsewhere, eOne’s president of family & brands Olivier Dumont will also […]

UK regulator to investigate US$4 billion Hasbro acquisition of Entertainment One

US toy giant Hasbro’s $4bn deal for Entertainment One (eOne) is to be investigated by the UK’s competition regulator. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said it will explore whether the proposed acquisition, first revealed in August, would cause a “substantial lessening of competition” in the UK. The CMA’s examination will start on Friday […]

Hasbro capitalises on weak pound with US$4 billion eOne acquisition

My Little Pony owner Hasbro has acquired indie studio Entertainment One (eOne) in a surprise $4bn all-cash deal.  The acquisition will see the US play and entertainment brand – which is the parent company of labels such as My Little Pony, Transformers and Power Rangers – adding eOne’s global brands such as Peppa Pig and […]

Katzenberg’s NewTV secures funding from big name backers

Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s NewTV venture has closed an initial funding round that saw it raise US$1 billion from major studios, Liberty Global and Chinese technology group Alibaba among others. Katzenberg and Whitman’s WndrCo secured funding from Disney, Entertainment One, Fox, ITV, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, and Warner Media, in addition […]

Entertainment One denies ITV takeover report

Canadian media group Entertainment One has denied receiving a takeover approach from UK broadcaster ITV, as analysts suggest the real value in the company is in its TV division. Bloomberg yesterday reported preliminary talks had begun between the pair over the potential deal, citing sources close to the discussions. Both sides initially declined to comment, but […]

Fox International Channels creates senior sales role

Fox International Channels has hired Entertainment One executive Prentiss Fraser in a senior sales role. FIC has said Fraser will become senior VP, global entertainment sales, a newly-created, London-based position where she will oversee international sales of entertainment content for FIC. Fraser was senior VP, worldwide sales, at eOne Television International. Her departure follows that […]

Amazon adds raft of kids series to streaming service

Amazon has acquired a slew of kids series for its streaming service in the UK including preschool hit Peppa Pig. Amazon has invested in several original kids shows for its Prime Instant Video services and the acquired content will sit alongside. It has picked up new episodes of Peppa Pig and 64 Zoo Lane, Yo […]

Blinkbox re-launches UK VoD service with multiple studio deals

Blinkbox has signed deals with nine distributors as it brings back its ‘Try TV on Us’ trial programme. The UK VOD service last year launched the free sample by offering single episodes of programmes for free in a bid to hook in new customers. It has now scored deals with All3Media, BBC Worldwide, Entertainment One, […]