Hasbro announced that, in connection with the company’s strategic review process led by its new CEO, Chris Cocks, the Board of Directors has authorized a sale process for the part of its eOne television and film business not directly supporting the company’s branded entertainment strategy. Hasbro will maintain the capability to develop and produce animation, digital shorts, scripted TV, and theatrical films for audiences related to core Hasbro IP.
In support of its recently announced Blueprint 2.0 strategy, Hasbro plans to significantly increase strategic investment in key brands, with a focus on gaming, direct to consumer, franchise brands, and licensing. Priority brands for investment include “Peppa Pig,” “Transformers,” “Dungeons & Dragons,” “Magic: The Gathering,” “My Little Pony,” “Power Rangers,” “Play-Doh,” and Hasbro’s iconic portfolio of board games including “Monopoly” and “Clue.”
The company plans to maintain significant development, production and financing capabilities to support its core brands across film, TV, animation and digital shorts. These projects will span Hasbro’s beloved brands and will also include the development of new IP such as the recently announced “Kiya and the Kimoja Heroes” that is scheduled to premiere on Disney Junior and Disney+ in 2023.
“Following our recent Investor Day where we introduced our new branded entertainment strategy, Blueprint 2.0, we received inbound interest from several parties for the part of the eOne television and film business that while valuable is not core to our go-forward strategy. This interest informed our decision to explore a sale process. The acquisition of eOne delivered fantastic talent, top tier production and deal making capability and beloved brands with strong toyetic potential including ‘Peppa Pig.’ We will retain these terrific capabilities while exploring the best way to maximize the value of the eOne TV and film business for the benefit of our shareholders,” Cocks said.
“As we execute Blueprint 2.0 with a focus on strategic investment in key franchise brands like ‘D&D,’ ‘Peppa Pig’ and ‘Transformers,’ we plan to expand our entertainment offerings across scripted TV, digital shorts, and blockbuster films. We look forward to delighting audiences of all ages as we focus on delivering truly market-leading Hasbro-IP related entertainment,” Hasbro’s CEO added.
The company has retained J.P. Morgan and Centerview Partners to assist with the sale process. Assets for the award-winning eOne Film & Television division that are a part of the potential sale include a 6.500+ content library, the non-Hasbro branded film and scripted TV business which produces and finances top tier content like “The Woman King,” “Yellowjackets” and “The Rookie” franchise, Hasbro’s interest in Entertainment One Canada Limited’s Canadian film and TV business, and Hasbro’s unscripted division which includes hits like the “Naked & Afraid” franchise.