Tunick, Britt
May 2003
Investment Dealers' Digest;5/12/2003, Vol. 69 Issue 19, p44
Trade Publication
This article presents information about developments in media and entertainment industry related to the investment banking sector of the U.S. as of May 12, 2003. Vivendi Universal SA is said to be exploring a sale and buy-back of U.S. entertainment assets including Universal Studios Inc. and cable-TV channels in an effort to avoid break-up payments of nearly two billion dollars it would otherwise have to pay to USA Interactive and its chairman, Barry Diller, who together control 6.9 percent: of Vivendi Universal Entertainment. The children of Jim Henson said they are buying back the Jim Henson Co. for 89 million dollars.The move comes only three years after Henson's children sold the company to EM.TV and Merchandising for 680 million dollars.


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