With $8.45 billion MGM deal, Amazon scripts its own Hollywood plot twist

The purchase of MGM marks Amazon’s biggest move in Hollywood to date as Jeff Bezos prepares to step down as CEO of Amazon. (GeekWire Photo Illustration.)

Amazon Agreement to acquire MGM for $ 8.45 billion has all the makings of a great script that combines a Hollywood icon with an internet powerhouse.

But will this unlikely pairing be a huge blockbuster or a massive flop?

Join us to assess the situation in this episode of the GeekWire podcast Sam Blake, a reporter who includes entertainment and media for dot.LA, the technology news site for Southern California.

Here’s how he puts the news into perspective in his coverage this week: “Ninety-six years after Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Pictures merged to form MGM Studios, the Hollywood mainstay best known for its roaring lion mascot will join a trillion dollar business empire best for Selling household items is known on the Internet. “

MGM would make more than 4,000 films and 17,000 TV shows available to Amazon, which together have won more than 180 Academy Awards and 100 Emmys.

The film library includes the James Bond and Rocky franchises as well as television shows such as “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Fargo” and reality shows such as “Shark Tank” and “Survivor”.

Are you coming to a screen near you anytime soon? In case you missed it, this was our visual take on Amazon’s MGM deal this week. (It was the brainchild of @ Taylor_Soper.) Pic.twitter.com/YdH9kP9TQ9

– Toddbishop (@toddbishop) May 29, 2021

Amazon’s MGM acquisition would be the second-largest deal in Seattle’s corporate history, after purchasing Whole Foods for $ 13.7 billion in 2017.

The deal is subject to regulatory approval. That same week, it was announced that the Washington DC Attorney General had filed a lawsuit against Amazon.

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Edited and produced by Curt Milton; Themed music by Daniel LK Caldwell.

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