Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dreamworks - high on ideas, low on fuel

The much hyped deal between Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks and ADAG’s Reliance Big Entertainment now rests at the mercy of JP Morgan Chase.

Although Reliance is poised to invest $500 million in the venture for a 50% ownership stake, that deal hinges on the group getting a firm guarantee from lead bank JPMorgan Chase to raise up to $700 million in debt financing to satisfy the business plan to make four to six movies a year. JPMorgan, which will not underwrite the entire portion of the loan as DreamWorks had hoped, will now attempt to syndicate it -- and that could take months.

Did you say months? That soon? Given the turbulence in the wall street, Spielberg will not have many options that are not already underwater.

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