Amazon and MGM on Wednesday announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire MGM for a purchase price of USD 8.45 billion.
Amazon said they plan to “reimagine and develop together with MGM”s talented team”, stories from the vast catalog of the studio which has almost a century-old history in filmmaking.
Metro Goldwyn Mayer, better known as MGM, has over 4,000 beloved film titles, including “12 Angry Men”, “Basic Instinct”, “Creed”, “James Bond”, “Legally Blonde”, “Moonstruck”, “Raging Bull”, “Rocky”, “Silence of the Lambs”, “Thelma & Louise”, “Tomb Raider”, “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Pink Panther”, in its vast library.
It also has 17,000 TV shows — including “Fargo”, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, and “Vikings” — that have collectively won more than 180 Academy Awards and 100 Emmys, said Mike Hopkins, Senior Vice President of Prime Video and Amazon Studios.
“We believe the above acquisition is more for increasing content depth of a platform than to impact cinema Business.”, says Karan Taurani of Elara Capital.
“The real financial value behind this deal is the treasure trove of IP in the deep catalog that we plan to reimagine and develop together with MGM”s talented team. It’s very exciting and provides so many opportunities for high-quality storytelling,” Hopkins said in a statement.
Kevin Ulrich, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MGM added, “I am very proud that MGM”s Lion, which has long evoked the Golden Age of Hollywood, will continue its storied history, and the idea born from the creation of United Artists lives on in a way the founders originally intended, driven by the talent and their vision. The opportunity to align MGM”s storied history with Amazon is an inspiring combination.”
However, Taurani notes “We believe there is a very low likelihood of simultaneous release of a Hollywood film in India through a PPV (pay per view) format as piracy is a big threat and Indian audience pay for an overall experience of watching the film in a big screen + family outing.”
Completion of this transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, the release said.