London, UK – 18th May 2016– Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce that it has secured a broadcast agreement in the U.S. with Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network, for the TV special, The Magic Hockey Skates.
The half-hour animated special will receive its U.S. premiere on the channel in December 2016 as part of Sprout’s holiday line-up, which will also feature movies and specials every weekend throughout December.
Based on a book of the same name, The Magic Hockey Skates is a 2D animated primetime TV special. The story follows one young boy’s inspirational journey as he gains confidence and self-respect with a little help from a pair of magic skates.
eOne has international broadcast rights for the TV special which is produced by Amberwood Entertainment. In addition to Sprout, eOne has sold the broadcast rights to a number of international broadcasters including the Disney Channel (Latin America and Brazil), SRC (Canada), France Televisions (France), KiKA (Germany), SVT (Sweden), DR Danish Broadcasting Corporation (Denmark), MBC (Middle East).
Monica Candiani, Head of International Sales at eOne Family comments,We’re delighted that The Magic Hockey Skates will be making its U.S. debut on Sprout and hope that this heartwarming story will become a perennial family favourite with American audiences during the Christmas holidays.”
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About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content.  The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  Through established Film and Television divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks
About Sprout
Sprout is the 24-hour preschool TV network that reflects real kids and the real worlds they are growing up in.  Sprout’s original programming inspires families to experience the possibilities in every single day, and includes animated series “Nina’s World,” “Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave” and “Floogals.”  Sprout’s “Sunny Side Up” is the only morning show for preschoolers and broadcasts live from NBCU Studios in Rockefeller Plaza. Launched in 2005 and now in over 58 million US homes, Sprout is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.  Please visit for additional information.