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Paramount bought for 8 billion dollars: a look back at a twist worthy of Hollywood scenarios

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This is a twist worthy of the best Hollywood scenarios. Paramount Global, one of America's oldest media empires, is changing hands. David Ellison, tech heir and head of Skydance Media, reached a surprise $8 billion deal with Shari Redstone, the current owner of the conglomerate. This transaction, announced on July 7, 2024, promises to “shake up the audiovisual landscape” according to The Hollywood Reporter .

The agreement, which seemed compromised a few weeks ago, provides for a massive investment from the Ellison family and RedBird Capital Partners. Of the 8 billion dollars, 1.5 billion will be devoted to reducing Paramount's colossal debt, while 4.5 billion will be used to buy back shares of the company. Shari Redstone, who is leaving the helm of the Paramount ship, explained her choice:

Given the transformations in the sector, we want to consolidate Paramount's position, while ensuring that content production remains our core business.

This decision comes as the group, which includes iconic brands like CBS, MTV, and Nickelodeon, has been struggling for several years. The financial arrangement of the operation is complex. It involves the sale of National Amusements, the Redstone family holding company which held majority control of Paramount Global. If the deal goes through, David Ellison is expected to take the reins as CEO, merging Skydance with Paramount to create a new media giant.

New challenges

At 41, David Ellison is preparing to become “ one of the youngest executives of a leading company in the entertainment industry”, according to The Wall Street Journal. Despite his young age, he enjoys a solid reputation in the industry. Described as a “fine negotiator” and “talented producer”, he is known for his direct involvement in projects and his mastery of financial and strategic aspects.

He n& It will take no less to meet the colossal challenges that await it. Paramount Global is drowning in more than $14 billion in debt and posted a net loss of $554 million in the first quarter of 2024. David Ellison's task will be therefore to raise the bar while navigating a rapidly changing sector.

The deal is not yet final. It must go through a “complex” regulatory approval process, including with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) because of the television channels owned by Paramount. The partners have given themselves until the summer of 2025 to finalize the merger.

In addition, a clause in the deal provides for a 45-day period during which Paramount Global can seek a better offer. Although this possibility is considered unlikely, it mainly serves to protect Shari Redstone from possible lawsuits by disgruntled shareholders.

This acquisition marks a major turning point in the history of Hollywood. It illustrates the profound transformation of the entertainment industry, where the boundaries between tech and traditional media are increasingly blurring. It remains to be seen whether David Ellison will succeed in breathing new life into this historic giant of cinema and television.

  • David Ellison acquires Paramount Global for $8 billion, promising to revolutionize the media landscape.
  • Complex deal aims to turn around Paramount, which faces d& ;#8217;significant financial difficulties.
  • The young 41-year-old tycoon will have to take on enormous challenges to restore the glory of the empire entertainment.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116