Peppa Pig

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% […]

eOne ‘on track’ despite share plunge

Entertainment One has issued a statement saying it is on track to deliver its full-year financial targets in the wake of a sharp fall in its share price yesterday. The UK-listed company has recently issued new bonds as part of a refinancing, and in a statement to the London Stock Exchange said that process has […]

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 […]

Sky to hire first kids content chief

UK pay TV provider Sky is to launch a dedicated kids app next year and will appoint a head of kids content. Sky has tapped design group ustwo, the outfit behind Monument Valley, to design the app, which is expected to launch in early 2016. Aimed at children aged 4-9 years, the app will bring […]


The launch of the YouTube Kids app in the US in February has been greeted with unanimous approval by content companies both big and small. Gary Smith reports. That there are now several generations of digital natives is a given, as is the fact that the current crop of 2-8 year-olds are more thoroughly immersed […]

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 […]

eOne ‘on course to double in size’

Producer and distributor Entertainment One’s full-year results were in line with expectations and analysts said the 2016 prospects on the TV side of the business were bright, in the wake of recent acquisitions and the continued strong performance of kids series Peppa Pig. Investment bank Investec said the full-year numbers were as expected and that […]