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Hasbro taps eOne alums to lead new entertainment division

Toy giant Hasbro has appointed former Entertainment One (eOne) execs Zev Foreman and Gabriel Marano to the leadership team of its recently announced Hasbro Entertainment division, under Olivier Dumont. Following the $500m sale of former Hasbro subsidiary eOne to Lionsgate earlier this month, it was revealed that eOne president of family brands Dumont had been […]

Bertram & Lombardo exit eOne following Lionsgate acquisition

Senior staff changes are underway at Entertainment One (eOne), following confirmation of its $500m sale to Lionsgate yesterday, with presidents Steve Bertram and Michael Lombardo departing and Olivier Dumont taking on a new position with former owner Hasbro. Bertram, who is eOne’s president of film & TV, revealed his exit in a memo to staff […]

Lionsgate acquires Hasbro’s Entertainment One for $500m

After months of searching for a buyer, Hasbro has sold production-distribution firm Entertainment One (eOne) to Lionsgate for $500m. 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 […]

eOne, Keshet Int’l & Beta talk crime & procedural demand from buyers seeking ‘safe’ options

The squeeze on spending is pushing buyers to commission “safer” scripted series with crime and procedurals trending, according to distribution execs here at Conecta Fiction in Toledo. Keshet International (KI)’s Anke Stoll, Entertainment One’s Noel Hedges and Beta Film’s Christian Gockel were in town to outline their nuanced approaches to distribution, with the current streamer […]

Entertainment One hit by 20% staff cuts as sale looms

Yellowjackets production-distribution firm Entertainment One (eOne) is facing staff cuts of 20%, with the Hasbro-owned company seeking to pare down ahead of its potential sale. A Hasbro spokesperson said the cuts are “part of the ongoing transformational changes… announced in January to substantially reduce costs and increase growth rates and profitability.” The latest staff cuts […]

Entertainment One to shop Australian true crime docuseries ‘The Black Hand’

Entertainment One (eOne) has secured the international distribution rights (excluding Australia and Scandinavia) to true crime docuseries The Black Hand.  Originally produced by Wildbear Entertainment for ABC in Australia, the three-part series follows actor Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as he unravels an era of extortion, arson, kidnap, mayhem and murder by The Black Hand, […]

Blink49 hires former BBC Studios & Fifth Season exec to lead global scripted push

Blink49 Studios, the Toronto-based firm headed by former Entertainment One exec John Morayniss, has hired the VP of international TV production at Fifth Season to lead its scripted efforts. Mal Stares becomes SVP of global scripted at Blink49, which is backed by Fifth Season, and will work across development and production. She is based out […]

eOne’s ex-CEO Darren Throop emerges as potential buyer as Hasbro sale reaches final stages

Entertainment One (eOne)’s recently departed CEO & founder Darren Throop has emerged as a potential buyer of the Yellowjackets production-distribution firm. eOne was put on the block by toy manufacturer Hasbro last year, just three years after it acquired the TV and film company for $4bn, with Legendary and Lionsgate among those still interested. Private […]

Cineflix lands Boat Rocker & eOne alum Dina Appleton to lead global business & legal affairs

Cineflix Media has named former Boat Rocker Media and Entertainment One exec Dina Appleton as its EVP of global business & legal affairs. Appleton will head the company’s global business and legal affairs teams, with a remit across the development, production, acquisition, and distribution of TV and digital content across Cineflix Studios, Cineflix Productions and […]

Entertainment One crowned sales partner for Nutopia’s ‘Royal Mob’

Entertainment One (eOne) has acquired the global distribution rights (excluding the UK, Germany and Italy) to UK drama-documentary, Royal Mob. Produced by Nutopia, the four-part series, which debuted on Sky History in the UK last year, delves into the family saga of the 19th-Century European Royal courts. Told through the eyes of Queen Victoria’s granddaughters […]

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