Skydance Media and Paramount Global to merge

Skydance Media and Paramount Global have announced a definitive agreement to merge, marking a pivotal moment for one of Hollywood’s venerable studios. The transaction unfolds in two phases: first, Skydance and its partners will acquire National Amusements, the holder of Paramount’s controlling stake, for $2.4 billion in cash. Subsequently, Skydance will merge with Paramount, offering shareholders $4.5 billion in cash or stock and adding $1.5 billion to Paramount’s balance sheet.

Shari Redstone, Chair of Paramount and National Amusements, expressed the strategic imperative behind the merger amidst industry changes, affirming, “Content remains king,” echoing her father Sumner Redstone’s vision. The union combines Paramount’s storied film legacy with Skydance’s recent collaborations on major films like “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning”.

David Ellison, founder of Skydance, assumes the role of Chairman and CEO of the restructured Paramount, with Jeff Shell, former NBCUniversal CEO, appointed President.

Paramount faces significant challenges, having lost $17 billion in value since 2019 due to shifts in the entertainment landscape favoring streaming over traditional TV. The leadership transition, prompted by tensions and the exit of former CEO Bob Bakish, outlines plans for cost reductions, asset sales, and potential joint ventures for Paramount+.

In a parallel announcement, the Ellison Family and RedBird Capital Partners disclosed an $8 billion investment plan, including the acquisition of National Amusements and the merger with Skydance. This move positions Skydance to enhance Paramount’s brand presence across multiple digital platforms, bolstering content delivery through Paramount+ and Pluto TV.

The transaction, valued at $28 billion, aims to stabilize Paramount’s financial outlook and leverage Skydance’s technological prowess and creative assets to navigate the evolving media landscape. The merger is expected to close in the first half of 2025 pending regulatory approvals.

According to both companies’ statements, the new leadership under Ellison and Shell underscores a commitment to revitalizing Paramount’s operations, ensuring its long-term competitiveness in the entertainment industry. An investor call is scheduled for July 8, 2024, to discuss the strategic implications and financial details of the merger.

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