eOne expands into live industry with Round Room acquisition


Global entertainment group Entertainment One has entered the touring business by snapping up live entertainment production company Round Room Entertainment.

eOne – whose existing music interests include labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang, as well as music publishing and are also a player in films and TV – paid an undisclosed fee for Round Room, which will support eOne’s “development of IP for live shows and concert touring, as well as work with third parties to bring stories and artists to life in innovative experiential ways”. Existing Round Room co-presidents Stephen Shaw and Jonathan Linden will continue in their roles, reporting to Chris Taylor, eOne’s global president, music.

“Across all areas of music, we work with so many spokes on the wheel and live entertainment is such an important one,” said Tylor. “Adding Round Room to our team, with Stephen and Jonathan at the helm, is going to provide the capacity to expand the reach of our brands, touch more fans on a global scale, and further elevate our management roster.”

“We are very excited to join eOne and become a part of their global family, while continuing to grow our core roster,” said Shaw. “This is a very strategic move for both sides, and we look forward to working closely with Chris and his team to connect his extensive roster of artists with countless fans around the world.”

“Stephen and I are excited by the opportunity to bring live entertainment to eOne and expand Round Room into a global player,” added Linden. “We are eager to work with Chris and his team and we can’t wait to get started.”

Round Room specialises in family entertainment and special events. Shaw and Linden have previously worked at Concert Productions International, Live Nation and S2BN and have worked on tours for the likes of the Rolling Stones and Barbra Streisand. eOne and Round Room previously worked together on a touring experience based on toddler TV phenomenon PJ Masks.

PHOTO: (L-R) Stephen Shaw, co-president, Round Room; Chris Taylor, eOne’s global president, music; Jonathan Linden, co-president, Round Room. Photo Credit: Heidi Gutman

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