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eOne, Three Tables forge development, distribution deal

Hasbro-owned Entertainment One (eOne) has struck a multi-year distribution deal with indie production company Three Tables Productions. Under the pact, Three Tables will develop and produce original scripted programming for eOne to distribute on a worldwide basis. The prodco is currently developing a variety of projects aimed at the UK and international markets, with partners […]

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 […]

Hasbro’s $4bn Entertainment One deal to be investigated by UK competition regulator

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 […]

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 […]

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