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Paramount, Hollywood’s iconic studio, finalizes merger agreement with Skydance Media

Paramount Global to Merge with Skydance Media in $28 Billion Deal

Paramount Global, one of Hollywood’s oldest companies, has made a groundbreaking decision to merge with independent film studio Skydance Media. This deal, worth around $28 billion, will result in a new firm that promises to shake up the entertainment industry.

Under this agreement, Paramount’s non-executive chair Shari Redstone will sell her family’s controlling stake in the company, marking the end of an era for the Redstone family, whose late patriarch, Sumner Redstone, built a vast media empire. The merger will bring together Paramount’s classic films such as “The Godfather” and “Star Trek” series with Skydance’s financial backings on recent hits like “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Star Trek Into Darkness”.

The move comes after eight months of negotiations, during which Redstone explored potential partnerships with Sony and private equity firm Apollo. This decision is seen as a strategic step for Paramount Global, which has experienced a significant decline in its shares over the past decade.

As the global entertainment industry continues to evolve with the rise of video streaming services, the Paramount-Skydance merger signifies a new chapter for both companies. Fans and industry experts are eager to see how this collaboration will shape the future of film and television production.

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