Buyers circle as Hasbro puts eOne TV and film business up for sale

Hasbro, the owner of Peppa Pig, Dungeons & Dungeons and many more traditional toy and game-based franchises, has authorised a sale process for the part of its eOne TV and film business not directly supporting the company’s strategy. The decision follows a strategic review led by new CEO, Chris Cocks, the Board of Directors. In support of […]

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 […]

Hasbro ‘ends Lionsgate takeover talks’

Toy giant Hasbro was recently in talks to buy North American studio Lionsgate but has now ended the discussions, according to US reports. A Reuters story quoted unnamed sources saying the deal had fallen flat last week over price disagreements. Hasbro’s strategy for a deal was to improve its position in Hollywood, and create a pipeline […]

Netflix set to lose Discovery/Hasbro content

Content from Discovery and Hasbro US joint venture is set to disappear from Netflix’s US line-up as the parties have failed to strike a renewal deal, according to various US reports. The failure of Discovery, which owns 60% of the Discovery/Hasbro joint venture, formerly known as The Hub and now rebranded as Discovery Family, and […]