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Paramount’s Deal With Skydance Falls Apart

Paramount’s Deal With Skydance Falls Apart


Skydance’s merger talks with Paramount have been referred to as off Tuesday after the 2 sides didn’t agree on phrases, in line with two folks with data of the talks, scuttling a deal that has captivated Hollywood for months.

The suspended negotiations derail makes an attempt to unite Paramount — the father or mother firm of CBS, MTV and Nickelodeon — with Skydance, the up-and-coming film studio behind “Top Gun: Maverick.”

There have been a number of hitches within the final week as Skydance, Paramount and its father or mother firm, National Amusements, reached the ultimate phases of negotiations. Shari Redstone, Paramount’s controlling shareholder, wished Skydance to agree to supply some authorized safety for the deal in case buyers filed a lawsuit. A committee of Paramount’s board members evaluating the plan additionally fired a public relations agency that it had been utilizing.

One signal of the stress emanating from either side of the deal was the sheer size of negotiations. The talks — with National Amusements, Paramount and National Amusements once more — stretched from late final 12 months till this week, and have been additionally rife with leaks, by no means an indication of harmonious negotiations.

“Sometimes the sport ends with a goal-line stand,” mentioned Rich Greenfield, an analyst for LightShed Partners.

It’s unclear what the longer term holds for Paramount. The firm was exploring a deal amid gale-force headwinds to the standard media business, together with the demise of conventional tv, an issue that’s solely more likely to worsen. The firm’s share worth has fallen precipitously in recent times, as buyers grew more and more important of the corporate’s prospects.

The Wall Street Journal earlier reported talks between Skydance and National Amusements had fallen aside.

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