Amazon to Acquire MGM for $8.45B
Amazon and MGM have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire MGM for a purchase price of $8.45 billion. Completion of this transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
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, provide customers with greater access to these existing works, and allow MGM to continue its storytelling mission.
“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,” said Mike Hopkins, senior vice president of Prime Video and Amazon Studios.
MGM has a vast catalog with more than 4,000 films that have collectively won more than 180 Academy Awards and 100 Emmys.
“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,” said Kevin Ulrich, chairman of the board of directors of 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.”