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Amid Proxy Battle, Hasbro Board Says $4B eOne Studio Buy Timing Was “Unfortunate”

Amid an ongoing proxy battle with activist investor Alta Fox Capital Management, Hasbro’s board of directors has taken a swipe at the toy maker’s push into original entertainment content with the purchase of the Peppa Pig studio Entertainment One in 2019. Activist investor Alta Fox has urged Hasbro to spin off its gaming division to unlock […]

Hasbro Rolls the Dice on ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Expansion in Film, TV and Games

Hasbro CEO Chris Cocks outlined why he sees the toy giant and Entertainment One owner becoming a digital gaming powerhouse amid an ongoing proxy battle with an activist investor, Alta Fox Capital Management. On Tuesday, after the toy giant released its first-quarter financial results, the executive told Wall Street analysts during a morning call that […]

Hasbro CEO Signals Renewed Focus on Gaming Amid Proxy Battle

Newly-installed Hasbro CEO Chris Cocks has detailed the toy giant’s stepped-up drive towards becoming a gaming powerhouse amid an on-going proxy battle with activist investor Alta Fox Capital Management. “Make no mistake, Hasbro is a games company. In 2021, games was a $2.1 billion business growing at 19 percent with an operating profit margin of […]

How Major TV Distributors Came Together to Form the London Screenings

After the inaugural 2021 edition of the London Screenings was held in the virtual world due to the pandemic, the second — and mostly physical — round of the growing TV event kicks off this week, with hundreds of buyers from the U.S., Europe and Australia having descended upon the British capital (alongside many from […]

Hasbro Activist Investor Calls for ‘Wizards of the Coast’ Spinoff

A Hasbro activist investor, Alta Fox Capital Management, has unveiled an investor presentation that nominates five candidates to stand for election to the toy maker’s board of directors and urges a spin-off of the lucrative Wizards of the Coast division. “Hasbro engages in regular communication with its shareholders and welcomes constructive input to further the […]

‘Red Notice’ Helmer to Tackle ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Series for eOne

A proposed Dungeons & Dragons series at Entertainment One has found its dungeon master. Red Notice writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber has signed on to adapt the enduringly popular role playing game for television. The potential series is being developed as a Dungeons & Dragons feature film from Hasbro-owned eOne and Paramount Pictures recently wrapped production. […]

Hasbro Promotes Chris Cocks to CEO

Hasbro has named Chris Cocks to succeed the late Brian Goldner as CEO of the toymaker giant. The executive is being promoted from his current role as president and COO of Hasbro’s Wizards of the Coast and digital gaming divisions, and also succeeds interim CEO Rich Stoddart, who stepped into the role after Goldner died […]

EOne, Nordic Entertainment Sign Library Deal for Drama Slate, Including ‘Into the Badlands’

Entertainment One (eOne) has signed a major multi-rights deal with Scandinavian giant Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) for more than 700 hours of drama content. The deal, announced Tuesday, gives NENT rights to eOne’s catalog of fictional series across the company’s European footprint, including the Nordic and Baltic regions, Poland and the Netherlands. It marks the […]

Blink Studios Taps Carolyn Newman to Run Scripted TV

Blink Studios, backed by Endeavor Content, has hired former Netflix and Will Packer Media exec Carolyn Newman as executive vp of global scripted, while Virginia Rankin has been named executive producer. The indie studio recently launched by CEO John Morayniss and other former eOne execs has set Los Angeles-based Newman to focus on developing scripted […]

Entertainment One Alums Form Canadian Indie Outfit Blink Studios

John Morayniss, Patrice Theroux, Jeff Lynas, and Nelson Kuo-Lee— all veteran executives from Entertainment One— have launched Blink Studios, a Canadian-based indie banner that will develop and produce both scripted and unscripted content. Endeavor Content will act as its lead strategic investor in Blink, which will be headquartered in Toronto with offices in Los Angeles, […]

Hasbro Developing 30 Brands For Film/TV to “Supercharge” Entertainment Strategy

Following the death of its longtime CEO Brian Goldner earlier this month, toy and entertainment company Hasbro says it plans to lean even further into Goldner’s strategy of turning the company into a power player in entertainment and games. Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call Tuesday morning, interim CEO Rich Stoddart mourned Goldner, […]

Brian Goldner, Hasbro CEO, Dies at 58

Brian Goldner, the CEO of toymaker Hasbro, has died at age 58, the company said Tuesday. A cause of death was not disclosed, though he had told shareholders that he had been receiving treatment for prostate cancer. Goldner joined the company in 2000 and was appointed CEO in 2008. During his tenure, he transitioned the […]