Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner died on Tuesday, two days after taking a leave of absence from the company. He was 58. No cause of death was given, but he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 and had received treatment in the past year.
Goldner joined Hasbro in 2000, moving from another toy firm, Bandai America. He was named CEO in 2008. Under his tenure, the company became an entertainment giant, shifting its focus from mostly making toys to building brands through media franchises.
Animation has been central to this strategy. In 2016, Hasbro acquired Boulder Media, one of Ireland’s largest animation studios. A $3.8 billion acquisition of Entertainment One, the Canadian owner of properties like Peppa Pig and PJ Masks, followed in 2019. Merger talks with Dreamworks foundered, however.