05 05 2016

NBCUniversal acquires DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 Billion

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, Munger Tolles & Olson and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison have advised on the transaction.


NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast Corporation, announced the acquisition of DreamWorks Animation for approximately $3.8 billion. DreamWorks Animation stockholders will receive $41 in cash for each share of DreamWorks Animation common stock. Cravath is representing DreamWorks Animation in connection with this transaction. The studio will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango and NBCUniversal Brand Development. DreamWorks CEO and co-founder's Jeffrey Katzenberg will serve as chairman of DreamWorks New Media. Centerview Partners was its financial advisor.  Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advised Comcast with Thomas J. Reid (Picture), William H. Aaronson, Brian Wolfe, Darren M. Schweiger. Partners Frank J. Azzopardi and Pritesh P. Shah and counsel Matthew J. Bacal are providing intellectual property and technology advice. Partner Kyoko Takahashi Lin is providing executive compensation advice. Partner Neil Barr is providing tax advice. Partner Arthur J. Burke is providing antitrust and competition advice.

Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP represented DreamWorks with Faiza J. Saeed, Eric L. Schiele and Ting S. Chen and includes associates Katerina M. Novak, Andrew B. Langworthy, Arthur L. Lotz and Amber Lam on M&A matters; partners Stephen L. Gordon and Lauren Angelilli and associate Richard Bohm on tax matters; partner Jennifer S. Conway, practice area attorney Nicole F. Foster and associate Amy C. Benford on executive compensation and benefits matters; partner Christine A. Varney and associates Jesse M. Weiss and Margaret Segall D’Amico on antitrust matters; partner David J. Kappos and associate Jason M. Sandler on intellectual property matters; and partner Matthew Morreale on environmental matters. Munger Tolles & Olson LLP advised the DreamWorks board of directors with Ronald L. Olson, Robert E. Denham, Kevin S. Masuda and Sarah L. Graham. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP represented Centerview with Keith A. Pagnani and Alidad Adam Damooei.

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP advised Jeffrey Katzenberg with Robert Schumer, Ariel Deckelbaum and Larry Witdorchic. Involved fees earner: Thomas Reid - Davis Polk & Wardwell; William H. Aaronson - Davis Polk & Wardwell; Brian Wolfe - Davis Polk & Wardwell; Darren Schweiger - Davis Polk & Wardwell; Frank Azzopardi - Davis Polk & Wardwell; Pritesh P. Shah - Davis Polk & Wardwell; Matthew Bacal - Davis Polk & Wardwell; Kyoko Takahashi Lin - Davis Polk & Wardwell; Neil Barr - Davis Polk & Wardwell; Arthur Burke - Davis Polk & Wardwell; Faiza Saeed - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Eric Schiele - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Ting Chen - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Katerina Novak - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Andrew B. Langworthy - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Arthur Lotz - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Amber Lam - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Stephen Gordon - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Lauren Angelilli - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Richard Bohm - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Jennifer Conway - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Nicole Foster - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Amy Benford - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Christine Varney - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Jesse Weiss - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Margaret Segall D’Amico - Cravath Swaine & Moore; David Kappos - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Jason Sandler - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Matthew Morreale - Cravath Swaine & Moore; Keith Pagnani - Sullivan & Cromwell; Alidad Adam Damooei - Sullivan & Cromwell; Robert Schumer - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Ariel Deckelbaum - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Ronald Olson - Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP; Robert Denham - Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP; Kevin Masuda - Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP; Sarah Graham - Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP; Lawrence Witdorchic - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP;

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