NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) has initiated a process to explore
opportunities for a significant strategic minority equity investment in
Paramount Pictures. The announcement was made today by Philippe Dauman,
Viacom's Executive Chairman, President and CEO, at the Jefferies Media &
Communications Conference in New York City.
"We have received indications of interest from potential partners
seeking a strategic investment in Paramount Pictures and I have decided
to pursue discussions with a select group of potential investors," Mr.
Dauman said. "In this time of change and enormous opportunity in our
industry, a partnership will bring significant benefit to Paramount and
Viacom, both strategically and financially, provide new opportunities
for Paramount's employees and talent, and enhance long-term value for
all Viacom shareholders."
"Paramount Pictures has been a leading motion picture studio for more
than a century and is among a select few that has significant reach and
scale, a deep library, a robust pipeline with proven global franchises,
and a high potential television production operation," Mr. Dauman added.
"In addition, the value of motion picture content continues to increase
with the explosion of screens and the rapid expansion of the global
theatrical market. This is the perfect time to explore new strategies to
capitalize on Paramount's content expertise and global platform,
maximize opportunities for its continued growth, and unlock the value of
the business for the benefit of shareholders."
Viacom has retained PJT Partners as its financial advisor to assist with
Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling
television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games,
consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment
content for audiences in 180 countries. Viacom's media networks,
including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV
Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Channel 5 (UK), Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick
and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.5 billion cumulative television
subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and
distributor of filmed entertainment.
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About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor
of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a
leading content company with prominent and respected film, television
and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of
some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including
Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount
Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and
Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media
Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing
Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
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