Through this acquisition for a purchase price of $8.45 billion, Amazon would help further empower MGM to continue in their journey of quality storytelling for the viewers.
Amazon and MGM have announced their definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire MGM for a purchase price of $8.45 billion. MGM has nearly a century of filmmaking history and complements the work of Amazon Studios, which has primarily focused on producing TV show programming. Amazon will help preserve MGM’s heritage and catalog of films and provide customers with greater access to these existing works.
“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,” said, Mike Hopkins, Senior Vice President, Prime Video and Amazon Studios. “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”, he added.
“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,” said, Kevin Ulrich, Chairman of the Board of Directors, MGM. “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”, he further stated.
Completion of this transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.