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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, […]

Entertainment One to sell DreamWorks movies to UK/Benelux TV

Canada-based producer and distributor Entertainment One will sell DreamWorks’ feature films to broadcasters in the UK and Benelux as part of an output deal with the US studio.
The four-year deal means that eOne will sell DreamWorks movies theatrically and to TV channels. The first title covered by the agreement is the remake of Starbuck, starring […]

Entertainment One stock leaps on sale possibility


Shares in Entertainment One (eOne) jumped 25% yesterday after the media company, which produces and distributes TV programmes and distributes movies, confirmed it was considering its options having received several approaches from unnamed parties. Unconfirmed reports suggested Disney and Viacom were among the interested parties and the rumored asking price was in the region of […]