NBCUniversal Confirms DreamWorks Animation Acquisition

NBCUniversal, a division of the Comcast Corporation (which is also the parent company of the Universal Orlando Resort), today announced the acquisition of DreamWorks Animation. Known as one of the most admired family brands in the world, DreamWorks Animation creates animated feature films, television series and specials, live entertainment, and related consumer products. The studio will officially become part of the large Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.

“DreamWorks Animation is a great addition to NBCUniversal,” said Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal.  “Jeffrey Katzenberg and the DreamWorks organization have created a dynamic film brand and a deep library of intellectual property.  DreamWorks will help us grow our film, television, theme parks and consumer products businesses for years to come. We have enjoyed extraordinary success over the last six years in animation with the emergence of Illumination Entertainment and its brilliant team at Illumination Mac Guff studio. The prospects for our future together are tremendous. We are fortunate to have Illumination founder Chris Meledandri to help guide the growth of the DreamWorks Animation business in the future.”  

Under the terms of the agreement, DreamWorks Animation has an equity value of approximately $3.8 billion. DreamWorks Animation stockholders will receive $41 in cash for each share of DreamWorks Animation common stock. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of DreamWorks Animation and Comcast, and the controlling shareholder of DreamWorks Animation has approved the agreement by written consent.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2016, subject to antitrust approvals in the U.S. and abroad, as well as the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Following the completion of the transaction, DreamWorks Animation CEO and co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg will become Chairman of DreamWorks New Media, which will be comprised of the company’s ownership interests in Awesomeness TV and NOVA. Katzenberg will also serve as a consultant to NBCUniversal.

“Having spent the past two decades working together with our team to build DreamWorks Animation into one of the world’s most beloved brands, I am proud to say that NBCUniversal is the perfect home for our company; a home that will embrace the legacy of our storytelling and grow our businesses to their fullest potential,” said Katzenberg. “This agreement not only delivers significant value for our shareholders, but also supports NBCUniversal’s growing family entertainment business. As for my role, I am incredibly excited to continue exploring the potential of AwesomenessTV, NOVA and other new media opportunities, and can’t wait to get started.” 

The acquisition gives NBCUniversal broader reach to a host of new audiences in the highly competitive kids and family entertainment space, in both TV and film. It includes popular DreamWorks Animation film franchise properties, such as Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon. It also includes a thriving TV operation that is a significant supplier of family programming, with hundreds of hours of original, animated content distributed across linear and SVOD platforms in more than 130 countries. Additionally, DreamWorks Classics, a large library of classic characters, including Where’s Waldo, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, will become part of the NBCUniversal portfolio, along with a successful consumer products business. 

NOTE: This press release contains forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include the possible benefits of the proposed DreamWorks Animation acquisition to the NBCUniversal business. Readers are directed to Comcast’s and DreamWorks Animation's periodic and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a description of such risks and uncertainties. Neither Comcast nor DreamWorks Animation undertakes any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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  1. They buy a bunch of land fit for a theme park.

    They buy DW Animation.

    Hmmmmm...what could Universal be up to...

  2. They are a natural fit with Universal's core guest market, so should be good for them. Lots of good material for creative rides - unless its all screens, then 'meh, seen it all before' sort of thing.

    Can't assume that Uni will now have Dreamworks Everywhere sort of park - they could have more there now but they don't.

  3. I hope this doesn't mean that Busch Gardens will have to give up its show based on Madagascar- they can't afford to lose any more attractions right now.

  4. Just like the Marvel/Universal deal, any licensing agreement made between DreamWorks and Busch Gardens wouldn't change after the acquisition.

  5. Can hardly contain my excitement for four more screen rides of How to Train Your Dragon, another Shrek, Madagascar, and Kung Fu Panda. Have at it Universal Creative. Hahahahaha!!!!!

  6. To the 3rd Anonymous and Dan, unfortunately, Busch gave up the rights to Madagascar last year, meaning they are fair game for Universal.

  7. Yeah 4th anonymous! Universal rely on screen rides, unlike Disney and its very next E-Ticket rides "Soarin'","Soarin' over Pandora" and "Soarin' over Tatooine" (name changes may apply).

  8. JuanJo.....here we go again with the Disney vs. Universal debate. Frankly, the 4th Anonymous made no mention of Disney in his/her post, and let's face it, both parks use screens way too much for our liking. They will probably continue to due to the cost of building such immersive environments. Get off your high horse and accept the comment for what it was.....accurate.