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  • Writer's pictureAaron Fonseca

Amazon Buys MGM Studios for Nearly $8.5 Billion

Amazon and MGM have officially signed a merger agreement in which the former will absorb the latter for the sum of $8.45 billion.

"It has been an honor to have been a part of the incredible transformation of Metro Goldwyn Mayer. To get here took immensely talented people with a true belief in one vision. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank the MGM team who have helped us arrive at this historic day," MGM Chairman of the Board of Directors Kevin Ulrich said. "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."

"MGM has a vast catalog with more than 4,000 films—12 Angry Men, Basic Instinct, Creed, James Bond, Legally Blonde, Moonstruck, Poltergeist, Raging Bull, Robocop, Rocky, Silence of the Lambs, Stargate, Thelma & Louise, Tomb Raider, The Magnificent Seven, The Pink Panther, The Thomas Crown Affair, and many other icons—as well as 17,000 TV shows—including Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Vikings—that have collectively won more than 180 Academy Awards and 100 Emmys," Amazon Studios and Prime Video Senior Vice President Mike Hopkins added. "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."

Reports that Amazon was in talks to buy MGM for $9 billion first began surfacing in mid-May. Prior to that, it was reported in December 2020 that MGM was planning on putting its entire film library up for sale. However, while the deal is now official, the transaction is still subject to regulatory approvals before it can be finalized.

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