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Monday, April 15, 2024

Private Equity Giant Apollo Global Plots A $11 Billion Acquisition of Paramount Studios

In what could become one of the biggest private equity deals in Hollywood history, Apollo Global Management is making a play for Paramount Global’s film and TV studios. 

The private equity firm, renowned for revitalizing distressed companies, has reportedly offered a staggering $11 billion – a price that overshadows Paramount Global’s market value by $2 billion. 

However, the stakes are high, this deal is more than just the bricks and mortar of the studios; it is also about acquiring the formidable portfolio of intellectual properties under Paramount’s roof.

Home of Star Trek in New Skies?

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Paramount Global, amongst other beloved brands, is the custodian of Star Trek – the iconic franchise that projects humanity into the distant future. The acquisition points to an unpredictable future for Star Trek, and indeed, for the stable of rich creative content under Paramount’s flagship.

The finer details of Apollo’s bid still remain under wraps. If approved, the timeline required to finalize this large acquisition could extend well over a year. 

As for the impact on Star Trek, the ripple effect may not be felt for years, adding a plot twist to the future of a franchise steeped in envisaging the future.

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Apollo’s Blueprints for Paramount

Apollo Global Management’s plans for Paramount Global are yet to be detailed. It has a proven success record with floundering companies, famously resurrecting Hostess out of bankruptcy in 2013 and eventually selling it for a handsome profit. 

Given this precedent, the chances are high that Apollo will draw up some lucrative plans for Paramount.

Paramount Global, on the other hand, has seen stock prices rise by almost 12% in response to Apollo’s bid. 

However, other potential deals are concurrently under appraisal, including a reported bid to merge David Ellison’s Skydance Solutions with Paramount Global.

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Streaming Services Immune from the Acquisition?

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Interestingly, Apollo’s financial vision does not extend to all realms of Paramount Global’s possessions. The CBS network, along with cable channels like MTV and Comedy Central and streaming services including Pluto and Paramount Plus, do not seem to be the treasure trove that Apollo seeks.

Even if the deal doesn’t include all of Paramount’s assets, the acquisition wave is bound to create ripples in the entertainment market. 

Paramount Plus could choose to license Star Trek content, commission new seasons, or it could be that Apollo-owned Paramount Studios follows the trend of other movie studios and starts venturing into streaming services. Only time will tell.

In a world where content is king, this acquisition emphasizes the growing trend of private equity firms investing in film and television studios, banks betting on the intrinsic value of intellectual property and betting big. 

One can only watch as this blockbuster deal unfolds, reiterating that fact is often more exciting than fiction.

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