Amazon to shop for MGM and its many franchises for $(*17*).45 billion

Amazon is making a large wager on old-school Hollywood. After a number of rumors that stated a deal was once in talks, the tech corporate introduced this morning it was once purchasing MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). Amazon pays $(*17*).45 billion to shop for the 97-year-old corporate.

Within the press liberate, Amazon says its acquire of MGM is essentially to spice up its movie output of Amazon Studios. Whilst that a part of the tech corporate is generally accountable for unique TV displays for (*2*)Amazon Top Video, it has noticed some luck in movie. During the last a number of months, Amazon received movies like Borat Next Moviefilm and Coming 2 The us, that have develop into large streaming hits.

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The acquisition of MGM manner Amazon can have regulate of over 4,000 movies, together with main franchises just like the James Bond sequence, Rocky, RoboCop, Stargate, The Crimson Panther, Legally Blonde, and plenty of others. MGM additionally makes TV displays, and Amazon will quickly have the ability to get right of entry to over 17,000 TV episodes from such sequence as Vikings, Fargo, and maximum curiously, The Handmaid’s Story, which is a big hit for Disney-owned Hulu. MGM additionally makes a number of truth displays, together with Survivor, The Voice, the Actual Housewives franchise, Shark Tank, and extra.

You’ll be able to wager that with all that leisure IP, Amazon will attempt to exploit it for its Top Video streaming library. You’ll be able to most likely be expecting to peer new entries for plenty of of MGM’s franchises debut on Top Video, in each new TV and picture variations (a James Bond TV display, any person?).

Amazon didn’t announce when it expects the deal to formally shut. As with every huge purchases, it’s going to be topic to govt regulatory assessment and approvals.