Daisybeck Studios joins eOne’s roster

The U.K.-based factual producer's credits include The Yorkshire Vet (pictured) and Springtime on the Farm.

Toronto and U.K.-based global entertainment company Entertainment One (eOne) has entered into an agreement to acquire U.K. factual prodco Daisybeck Studios.

Managing director and founder Paul Stead will continue to oversee day-to-day operations of the Yorkshire-headquartered company as it joins the eOne roster. Programming produced by Daisybeck includes The Yorkshire Vet (pictured), Springtime on the Farm, Big Week at the Zoo, Body Donors and Made in Britain.

“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 catalogue align well with the continued strategic growth plans of our unscripted business in the U.K. and beyond,” said eOne’s president of global unscripted television, Tara Long, in a statement.

“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,” added Stead. “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.”

Daisybeck is now part of eOne’s portfolio of unscripted and factual prodcos, which include Purveyors of POP, Renegade 83, Marwar Junction Productions, Whizz Kid Entertainment, Crush+Lab, and Fired Up Films.

Prior to this, the global entertainment company acquired Vancouver’s Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment in 2014. In January 2017, Paperny and Force Four’s operations folded under the eOne Television brand, a move that unified its Canadian unscripted TV footprint. As of last year, eOne picked up New York-based live entertainment production company Round Room Entertainment and acquired the remaining stake in Hollywood-based production, sales and finance company Sierra Pictures.

This story originally appeared in Playback‘s sister publication, Realscreen.