Hasbro completes $3.8bn deal for Entertainment One

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 […]

TBI Weekly: How Red Arrow Studios fits into M&A frenzy (Column)

A flurry of deals yesterday highlighted the surging appetite for acquisitions and with companies including Red Arrow Studios on the block, the M&A frenzy has some way to run yet. Chances are, if you’re a production company in Europe or North America that has a smattering of successful shows on the slate – or even […]

EOne expands unscripted portfolio with acquisition of Blackfin

Production and distribution group Entertainment One (eOne), itself a recent acquisition by My Little Pony owner Hasbro, has struck a deal to buy US unscripted outfit Blackfin. Geno McDermott, founder and CEO of the prodco, will now oversee US alternative programming for eOne as president as part of the deal, reporting into global unscripted TV […]

Ex-ID exec creates Momentum with new prodco

Former Investigation Discovery exec Christina Douglas has launched a production company, with the indie of former Zodiak Media exec Geno McDermott backing it. Douglas has created Momentum Content, which will develop and produce unscripted programming. She had spent a decade with Discovery Communications-owned true crime network ID, most recently in development. There she created hundreds […]

Ex-Zodiak USA execs open up new indie

Geno McDermott and Joanne Inglott (pictured above right) have launched a new US-based indie producer, Blackfin. The pair’s new prodco will work up character-based factual series and sports-themed content for US cable and digital networks. McDermott will be company CEO and Inglott partner and executive producer, current programming. McDermott is coming off Left/Right-produced Animal Planet […]