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Paramount and Skydance in Exclusive Talks for Merger: Reports

 |  April 3, 2024

Paramount and Skydance, two prominent names in the entertainment industry, have engaged in exclusive discussions regarding a potential merger, as reported by The New York Times.

The talks, which have intensified in recent weeks, signal a significant development in the media landscape. David Ellison, the founder of Skydance, met with Paramount’s board committee to outline his vision for the proposed merger.

Paramount’s exploration of a potential sale began last year, with discussions held with various media giants, including Warner Bros. Discovery. However, negotiations with Warner Bros. fell through earlier this year, paving the way for the current discussions with Skydance.

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The merger, if successful, would bring together the extensive portfolios of both companies. Paramount, known for its ownership of major media brands such as CBS, Nickelodeon, and MTV, has faced challenges, including a double-digit stock decline since the beginning of the year. S&P Global recently downgraded Paramount’s rating to junk status, reflecting the company’s struggles in the competitive media landscape.

Source: NY Times