Entertainment One’s goal is to be the world’s leading independent entertainment group, through the production and acquisition of entertainment content rights for exploitation across all consumer media throughout the world. With a growing library of film, television and music titles, the content portfolio underpins the Group’s business model.

Business Model

Entertainment One is focused on building the scale of the business by focusing on the Group’s three key capabilities:


 

 

  • Source: Developing relationships with the best creative talent in the film and television industries by being their partner of choice, reflecting the quality of our people and our global distribution capabilities
  • Select: Leveraging local market insight from our independent sales network to invest in the right content for consumers across all eOne territories, and producing content with global appeal to service the Group’s global sales operations
  • Sell: Using the Group’s infrastructure, sales operations and global scale to maximise investment returns, ensuring the business is well-positioned to benefit from new and emerging broadcast and digital distribution platforms

The Board continues to see significant opportunity for further growth and to target doubling the size of the business by 2020 through its strategy of:

  • Developing more relationships and partnerships with top producers and talent to increase the volume and quality of productions
  • Building the world’s leading independent content rights sales business to maximise the return on investment
The strategy focuses on building a more balanced content and brand business which will see strong revenue and EBITDA growth in Television and Family, while Film continues to focus on delivering an improving investment return through a consistently strong release slate and further efficiency savings.


 

Operationally, as well as developing a digital future across the Group, the strategy targets our Divisions to deliver specific drivers of growth:

Television: Building a global production business and a world-class television sales network
Family: Making Peppa Pig the world’s most loved pre-school brand and building a global portfolio of brands
Film: Developing partnerships with premium film-makers and maximising scale and efficiency in independent film distribution


Strategic Progress

FY16 has been a strong year of progress on delivering the Group’s strategy.

Organic growth in the Television business, the recent acquisition of Renegade 83, the ramping-up of production at The Mark Gordon Company and continued success in fostering development deals in the US and internationally is transforming eOne Television into a diversified global content business. The increased output seen from these businesses is further fuelling eOne’s well-established global television sales network.

The acquisition of a controlling stake in Astley Baker Davies Limited gives eOne greater control of and a higher share in the financial success of Peppa Pig, which is a key strategic driver for Family and a proven, successful pre-school brand where the Group believes the opportunity exists to increase global retail sales to US$2 billion in the medium term. The early success of PJ Masks in the US and the strong prospects for a licensing programme as it rolls out across Disney channels internationally are indicative of an exceptional property that will further build out eOne’s Family portfolio in a substantive way.

The Film Division has an expanded relationship with Steven Spielberg through the strategic investment in Amblin Partners and a strong addition to the Group’s global sales capability through the investment in Sierra Pictures. In parallel, the Group continues to focus on driving margins in the Film Division, through a wide-reaching restructuring of how the Division operates, which is expected to deliver annual cost savings of £10 million from FY18.

eOne’s capital structure is aligned with delivering the Group’s strategy following the re-financing of the business in December 2015, with long-term, non-amortising, fixed-rate debt provided via senior secured notes and short-term working capital needs being funded via a new, more flexible revolving credit facility.