Astley Baker Davies

Peppa Pig grows as eOne preps more eps

Entertainment One Family is to once again expand its cash cow children’s property Peppa Pig. The company is lining up 117 new episodes of the Astley Baker Davies-created preschool series, taking the overall number to 381 by 2023. New episodes from season seven will roll out to the end of 2018, before the 117 in […]

Throop: TV, Family staying strong for eOne

The CEO of Canada-based Entertainment One, Darren Throop, has lauded the performance of the studio’s television and family divisions, as the film unit continues to drag on company financial results. eOne yesterday posted a trading update for the nine months to December 31, 2015, saying revenues were down 3% year-on-year, mainly due to a 14% […]

Ben and Holly head to Russia

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom is heading to Russia after free-to-air broadcaster Carousel bought the preschool series. The broadcaster has bought 104x11mins of the animated show. The kids series is shopped internationally by Entertainment One, which struck the deal. Carousel already airs eOne-distributed preschool show Peppa Pig, which like Ben and Holly, is produced by […]

eOne has ‘firepower’ to double size as TV booms

Significant profit growth at Entertainment One’s television division is helping the indie studio to achieve its goal of doubling in size by 2020, its CEO has said. Unaudited half-year results showed television production and sales revenues were up 77% year-on-year to £81.6 million (US$124.1 million), with its Peppa Pig family and licensing unit bringing in […]

eOne completes Peppa Pig purchase

Entertainment One has completed the deal to buy a controlling 70% stake in Peppa Pig producer Astley Baker Davies. The £140 million (US$215.7 million) agreement closed yesterday, bringing the lucrative Peppa preschool brand further under eOne’s control. Peppa, a US$1 billion revenue brand, remains among the most popular preschool franchises on the market. eOne has […]

Nick US buys Ben and Holly

Nickelodeon has acquired preschool animated series Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. The show, which is distributed by Entertainment One, comes from Astley Baker Davies, the UK prodco that makes Peppa Pig and which eOne acquired control of this week. Viacom-owned kids channel Nickelodeon will run Ben and Holly on its preschool service Nick Jr. and […]

eOne pays £140m for Peppa Pig creator

Entertainment One has acquired Peppa Pig creator Astley Baker Davies for £140 million (US$212.1 million). The deal gives eOne a 70% controlling stake in ABD, which gives it control to the ultra-lucrative preschool Peppa Pig brand, taking its stake from earnings in the brand from 50% to 85%. eOne intends to pay for the acquisition […]

Chinese statecaster sprinkles Peppa on slate

The Chinese state broadcaster, CCTV, has acquired broadcast rights to big-grossing preschool series Peppa Pig. The Astley Baker Davies-produced show will debut on children’s channel CCTV14 on June 23 following a deal with distributor Entertainment One. Peppa content will also launch on “leading video-on-demand platforms”, according to eOne, which is working with CCTV to create […]