SoftBank – DreamWorks acquisition talks cool

<p>Various reports emerged, stating that SoftBank’s talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation have cooled.</p>

SoftBank's talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation have cooled, according to sources quoted by Reuters. The report comes less than two days after word first emerged of the talks.

A SoftBank source told the news agency talks had taken place with DreamWorks Animation but they did not appear to be going anywhere.

Two bankers at separate institutions in Japan said SoftBank's interest had cooled even before media reports emerged over the weekend about the discussions, with one citing price as a dissuading factor.

"Their interest briefly picked up, but the price being what it was, it has now cooled," one of the sources said. However, sources quoted by the Wall Street Journal say it remains possible that negotiations could restart.

The two sides could ultimately strike a deal other than an outright takeover, one of the people said, for instance, some kind of content partnership.

DreamWorks shares spiked on the initial report, rising 26 per cent Monday (September 29th). But, after news of the talks cooling, the company's shares fell eight per cent in after-hours trading. 

The studio is best known for successful movie franchises including "Shrek" and "Madagascar," but had recent releases such as "Rise of the Guardians" and "Turbo" that were box-office disappointments.

Its talks about taking on a Japanese owner highlight the challenges facing Hollywood's smaller studios in remaining independent and could prompt a string of other deals, according to Reuters.

While interest in the deal now appeared cool, the development could make other independent studios the targets of larger players, or prompt them to seek outside buyers or investors.

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