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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 […]

Hasbro buys eOne in shock $4bn all-cash deal

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 […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg mobile service NewTV gears up with CEO hire

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s upcoming mobile video service, NewTV, is nearing launch with the hire of Hewlett Packard’s Meg Whitman as its CEO. Former DreamWorks Animation (DWA) owner Katzenberg has been preparing NewTV (WT) since raising nearly US$600 million last year and then launching media investment vehicle WndrCo. Whitman, currently chief executive and president of computer manufacturer […]

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 unnamed quoted 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 […]

Hasbro buys Irish studio Boulder

Hasbro has acquired Irish animation studio Boulder Media. The US kids toy giant has moved heavily into TV via its Hasbro Studios arm, and this marks its latest play. Dublin-based Boulder will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hasbro and work on its series as well as third-party projects. “At Hasbro, we’re building our brands through […]

Machinima constructs Transformers series

Online video site Machinima and toyco Hasbro has partnered to create an animated series based on the Transformers The show is the first new original Transformers series since Transformers: Robots in Disguise (pictured) which Hasbro produced and sold to Cartoon Network earlier this year after previous home, The Hub, was rebranded as Discovery Family. The […]

Discovery Family buys teen toon drama

US cable channel Discovery Family has bought Dream Defenders, an animated series about two teenage twins that have adventures in the ‘real’ world and a fantasy universe. The deal with Singapore-based CGI studio Tiny Island Productions means Discovery Family gets US rights to the 26x22mins show, and will premiere it at a later, currently unspecified […]

DreamWorks Animation cutting 20% of staff

DreamWorks Animation is cutting 500 jobs, a move expected to cost Jeffrey Katzenberg’s company US$290 million. As part of plan to significantly reduce the cost of its core animated feature films output, jobs will go across all divisions. DreamWorks said the cuts would result in pre-tax annualised savings of US$30 million in 2015 and as […]

Discovery, Hasbro shows to drop off Netflix

Content from Discovery and Hasbro’s US joint venture channel 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 that was formerly known as The Hub and now rebranded as Discovery Family, […]

DreamWorks, Hasbro merger off

DreamWorks Animation and toy giant Hasbro will not be merging at this stage, according to US reports. Hasbro’s share price nosedived more than $3 upon news it was in talks to acquire DreamWorks shares at US$35 each in order to create a merged entity, DreamWorks Hasbro, Deadline reported. Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks – behind TV shows […]

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