Peppa Pig maker Entertainment One denies ITV takeover approach, but sees share price jump

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Peppa Pig owner eOne is valued at $964m (£683m) (Source: Getty)

Shares in Entertainment One leapt this morning following claims ITV is considering a takeover bid for the Peppa Pig owner.

But the Canadian film distributor, which has a market valuation of $964m (£683m), denied reports of the approach.

It told shareholders this morning: "Entertainment One notes the press speculation regarding a potential offer. No approach has been received by eOne."

ITV, meanwhile, has declined to comment.

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Bloomberg reported that ITV, which broadcasts Downton Abbey, has been in discussions with the firm over a possible deal.

No final decision has been made and the talks may not result in a deal, it reported.

EOne's share price closed at 158.6p yesterday. Shortly after 8am this morning it had leapt by 11 per cent to 176.15p.

14 April 2016 @ 8:30amEntertainment One Ltd (ETO)

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ITV's share price was relatively flat at 240.9p.

Media analysts at Liberum reacted positively to news of the deal, saying it would be a good move for ITV.

The team, led by Ian Whittaker, said in a note: "We believe that this deal would make sense for ITV, ITV has the financial capability to do this deal and acquiring EOne's business would significantly build ITV's content reach."

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