eOne to Acquire U.K.-Based Factual Producer Daisybeck


Entertainment One (eOne) has entered into an agreement to acquire the U.K.-based Daisybeck Studios, which specializes in factual, factual entertainment and event programming.

Daisybeck Studios’ managing director and founder, Paul Stead, will continue to oversee day-to-day operations of the brand under eOne’s ownership. The company’s list of production credits includes The Yorkshire Vet, Springtime on the Farm, Big Week at the Zoo and Made in Britain.

eOne’s president of global unscripted television, Tara Long, said: “Paul and his team have built a best-in-class business by focusing their efforts in the unscripted arena on what they do incredibly well and we believe their current and future projects along with their existing catalog align well with the continued strategic growth plans of our unscripted business in the U.K. and beyond.”

“Joining eOne is the perfect strategic move for Daisybeck,” stated Stead. “It will provide our infrastructure with the proper capabilities and support to allow us to truly capitalize on the unscripted television opportunities in the U.K. from our base in the North of England. It’s a very exciting time in content creation, not least because of U.K. network Channel 4 setting up their national headquarters down the road from our studios. This will help us continue our growth with other key U.K. networks including Channel 5 and being part of eOne really future proofs our business. We chose them because of their passion for programming and the support they clearly provide to the creative teams across their group.”