Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks

Transformers News: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 8:28AM CST

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According to USAtoday, Hasbro is in talks to buy DreamWorks, the Studio behind animated movie franchises as Shrek and Madagascar. While NY Times is citing anonymous sources that talks are in "advance stages" and the deal would include a combination of stocks and cash. This deal with Hasbro would forge a family entertainment powerhouse to be called DreamWorks-Hasbro. With Hasbro already owning 40% of Discovery Family, they are making it clear that they want to be the leader of family entertainment, using this media to promote their games and toys including Transformers.



According to Deadline.com, "DreamWorks Animation is deeply engaged in two potentially game changing negotiations that could transform the company — including one with Hasbro to forge a family entertainment powerhouse to be called DreamWorks-Hasbro. The other talks are with Hearst to turn DWA's AwesomenessTV into a joint venture."

DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg would become chairman of the combined operation, the website says.



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Transformers News: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks
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Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621585)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 13th, 2014 @ 8:49am CST
I wouldn't quite refer the two talking about starting a joint venture together as "Hasbro wanting to buy Dreamworks".
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621588)
Posted by mooncake623 on November 13th, 2014 @ 8:58am CST
Sabrblade wrote:I wouldn't quite refer the two talking about starting a joint venture together as "Hasbro wanting to buy Dreamworks".



You can call it a "merger" if you want, but make no mistake about it Hasbro is buying this company.

http://finance.yahoo.com/video/cramer-hasbro-dreamworks-not-something-140500775.html

http://news.investors.com/111314-726274-dreamworks-share-jump-on-hasbro-buyout-rumors.htm?ven=yahoocp&src=aurlled&ven=yahoo


from frobes

http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2014/11/13/dreamworks-animation-merger-with-hasbro-could-offer-freedom-to-fail/?partner=yahootix
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621589)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 13th, 2014 @ 9:04am CST
Yet, Katzenberg'll still be in charge? Does sound more like a merger to me, honestly.
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621590)
Posted by mooncake623 on November 13th, 2014 @ 9:05am CST
Sabrblade wrote:Yet, Katzenberg'll still be in charge? Does sound more like a merger to me, honestly.



sure he is... by name.
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621591)
Posted by mooncake623 on November 13th, 2014 @ 9:07am CST
Sabrblade wrote:Yet, Katzenberg'll still be in charge? Does sound more like a merger to me, honestly.


I don't get it. what don't you understand? Hasbro is paying out stock and cash for ownership of dreamworks...
And ofcouse Katzenberg is still in charge, they need him.
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621592)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 13th, 2014 @ 9:08am CST
Either way, wonder how folks'll think about this vs. the paranoia that sprung up from all the talks of deals made between Hasbro and Disney. :P
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621593)
Posted by mooncake623 on November 13th, 2014 @ 9:10am CST
Sabrblade wrote:Either way, wonder how folks'll think about this vs. the paranoia that sprung up from all the talks of deals made between Hasbro and Disney. :P



Yea Disney will not be happy...
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621597)
Posted by Nickolai on November 13th, 2014 @ 9:27am CST
Oh great. You know who's going to end up paying for this? Their only profitable division, Wizards of the Coast. Which is going to cause the Hasbro execs to meddle even more with my MtG organized play, force the reprints of expensive cards to drive up sales, etc. Ugh.

/endconspiracytheoryrant
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621605)
Posted by mooncake623 on November 13th, 2014 @ 9:50am CST
Per CNBC analyst Tom DiChristopher Disney could be a major obstacle standing in the way of Hasbro's purchase of DreamWorks Animation. In other words Disney must approve this deal! Hasbro has a very lucrative contract with Walt Disney to produce toys based on their Star Wars and Marvel Comics properties. Senior Analyst Steph Wissink at Piper Jaffray estimates that 25 to 30 percent of Hasbro's business is tied up with Disney. Hasbro owning Disney's biggest rival animation studio could present a huge problem.

After DreamWorks' recent box-office disappointments, including "Turbo" and "Rise of the Guardians." CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, also held talks with another potential buyer, Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank.

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Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621618)
Posted by Seibertron on November 13th, 2014 @ 10:25am CST
My imagination is taking this a step forward. What if Hasbro buys Dreamworks becomes an opportunity to make Hasbro look more attractive to Disney, based on those crazy rumors from a couple of years ago?
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621628)
Posted by dreadwing95 on November 13th, 2014 @ 10:43am CST
this is interesting news. anyone think we might get some animated movies from this?
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621632)
Posted by Lockdownhunter on November 13th, 2014 @ 10:52am CST
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Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621638)
Posted by Optimum Supreme on November 13th, 2014 @ 11:02am CST
Disney should just buy Hasbro.

Then they could have Emma's yellow VW bug on Once Upon A Time turn out to be G1 Bumblebee.
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621650)
Posted by OptimalOptimus2 on November 13th, 2014 @ 11:35am CST
Optimum Supreme wrote:Disney should just buy Hasbro.

Exactly! I don't understand all the fuss.
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621655)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 13th, 2014 @ 11:55am CST
Nah, see, first Hasbro buy Dreamworks, then Disney buys Hasbro, then Disney buys back Saban, then Disney makes a deal with Bandai that forces them to join with Hasbro, then Disney buys Bandai and merges it with Hasbro, then Tomy gets merged with Disney's new Hasbrandai, then Warner Bros and Universal merge with each other, then Mattel and Lego merge together, and all three go at each other trying to eat the other two in a three-way free-for-all of Disney vs. Warnerversal vs. Mattego. 8-}
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621659)
Posted by mooncake623 on November 13th, 2014 @ 12:00pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:Nah, see, first Hasbro buy Dreamworks, then Disney buys Hasbro, then Disney buys back Saban, then Disney makes a deal with Bandai that forces them to join with Hasbro, then Disney buys Bandai and merges it with Hasbro, then Tomy gets merged with Disney's new Hasbrandai, then Warner Bros and Universal merge with each other, then Mattel and Lego merge together, and all three go at each other trying to eat the other two in a three-way free-for-all of Disney vs. Warnerversal vs. Mattego. 8-}



I could see this happening =X
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621660)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on November 13th, 2014 @ 12:03pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:Nah, see, first Hasbro buy Dreamworks, then Disney buys Hasbro, then Disney buys back Saban, then Disney makes a deal with Bandai that forces them to join with Hasbro, then Disney buys Bandai and merges it with Hasbro, then Tomy gets merged with Disney's new Hasbrandai, then Warner Bros and Universal merge with each other, then Mattel and Lego merge together, and all three go at each other trying to eat the other two in a three-way free-for-all of Disney vs. Warnerversal vs. Mattego. 8-}


You forgot the part where Disney buys Florida from the U.S, (for me that's a dream come true).
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621661)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 13th, 2014 @ 12:04pm CST
SW's SilverHammer wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Nah, see, first Hasbro buy Dreamworks, then Disney buys Hasbro, then Disney buys back Saban, then Disney makes a deal with Bandai that forces them to join with Hasbro, then Disney buys Bandai and merges it with Hasbro, then Tomy gets merged with Disney's new Hasbrandai, then Warner Bros and Universal merge with each other, then Mattel and Lego merge together, and all three go at each other trying to eat the other two in a three-way free-for-all of Disney vs. Warnerversal vs. Mattego. 8-}


You forgot the part where Disney buys Florida from the U.S, (for me that's a dream come true).
Maybe they already have and we just don't know it yet. ;) :twisted:
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621666)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on November 13th, 2014 @ 12:18pm CST
i really hope disney doesnt let this happen, id hate to see dreamworks go down the toilet cause of hasbros idiocy. Now disney buying hasbro im all for cause marvel has done really well since they were bought & star wars is looking the same so far.
Re: Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks (1621668)
Posted by Optimizzy on November 13th, 2014 @ 12:26pm CST
Megatron Wolf wrote:i really hope disney doesnt let this happen, id hate to see dreamworks go down the toilet cause of hasbros idiocy. Now disney buying hasbro im all for cause marvel has done really well since they were bought & star wars is looking the same so far.


so I take it you havent seen Star Wars Rebels?


My problem is that Disney is not trying to make anything new anymore. Yes, it's famous for breathing new life in old fairy tales but it was new life. Now, they have bought other peoples creativity and plan to milk it until we hate it. Star Wars used to be a group of special movies that were important. Now they are just a cash cow that will always been on the air or in the theaters in some way while there are still people to buy tickets. Yeah, they may be good movies, but its still a dillution.

I don't want them to own hasbro because its good for SOMETHING to not be owned by disney.

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