E1 boosted by Twilight and Peppa Pig

Revenue for parent company up 30 per cent to £444.2m for year ending March 31st.
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Entertainment One has reported its preliminary results for the year ending March 31st.

The firm unveiled revenue of £444.2 million, up 30 per cent (2009: £342.6 million), with reported profit before tax of £6.9 million (2009: loss of £31.0 million).

Highlights included the record breaking box office performance of The Twilight Saga: New Moon - which helped to establish E1 as the number one or number two independent film distributor in all core markets - plus another strong year for its kids TV business.

Peppa Pig is now the number one girls' pre-school property in the UK, generating over £100m of retail sales through its licensing programme. In addition, Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom is already being broadcast in more than 70 countries and picked up a BAFTA for Best Pre-school Animation in 2009.

"We are extremely pleased with the strong performance of the group this year and the progress being made positioning the business as one of the world's leading independent entertainment companies," said Darren Throop, CEO at E1. "Growth is anticipated to continue in the current financial year underpinned by a strong slate of film releases and television productions."

E1 will be moving to the main market of the London Stock Exchange in July.

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