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Softbank Mum On Reports It Is Bidding For Dreamworks Animation - Yahoo News

"We won't comment on speculations and rumours," a spokesman told AFP. Softbank has proposed a deal valuing DWA at $3.4 billion, The Hollywood Reporter said. Under the agreement, DWA founder and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg would sign a five-year contract to remain with the company, http://schwartzkuxo.wikispaces.com the report in the trade publication said. It noted that the DWA board held an emergency meeting Thursday to consider the offer, under which SoftBank proposed $32 a share, a significant premium over the stock's value of $22 per share at closing Friday. DWA was launched as the animation http://evansphuw.blogs.experienceproject.com/3855823.html division of DreamWorks Studios, which was started by David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, and then became a public company in 2004. It now releases its movies through their website 20th Century Fox. Two of its biggest franchise hits have been the "Shrek" and "How to Train Your Dragon" series. Buying DreamWorks, which is headed by veteran Hollywood producer and film executive Katzenberg, would make SoftBank the second Japanese technology company to buy a Hollywood studio, following Sony Corp, which purchased Columbia Pictures in 1989. The Japanese business daily Nikkei said a Softbank official admitted "it is true that there was contact" between the two companies but added the deal is "unlikely" to be reached.
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