Executive Interview – Entertainment One

Published on 22 November 2016

Entertainment One (eOne) is a leading international entertainment company that sources, selects and sells television, family, film and music content. In TV it is Canada’s largest independent television producer and distributor, it has sizeable operations in the US and international distribution from the UK. Its Family content includes the UK’s number one pre-school property, Peppa Pig. It also owns North America’s largest independent music label, eOne Music. It is one of the world’s largest multi-territory distributors of films with market-leading positions in the UK, Canada, Benelux, the US, Australia and Spain. Its content library, recently valued at $1.5bn, contains over 40,000 film and TV titles, 4,500 half-hours of TV programming and 45,000 music tracks.

In this video, eOne’s CFO Giles Willits summarises the group’s strategy to double the size of the business by 2020. He also outlines how the growth of global SVOD platforms is stimulating the demand for premium content of many genres and how eOne is positioned to take advantage of these trends. Giles updates on the first-half performance, which saw strong growth across all three core divisions and explains why he believes the outlook for the second half is also particularly strong. This is underpinned by a strong box office flowing through to the home entertainment market, the continued success of Family brands such as Peppa Pig and PJ Masks, which are growing strongly internationally. In addition, eOne Television and The Mark Gordon Company, which is seeing a very strong start for its new production, Designated Survivor, have excellent visibility in to the second half. Giles believes this strong outlook puts the group on track to deliver on its full year and medium-term plan.

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