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Sale approved: Maker goes to Mouse

Rebuffing a last-minute bid by Relativity, Maker Studios' board of directors and shareholders approved the company's $500 million-plus sale to Disney after a California court denied a request for a temporary injunction to stop the vote.
April 14, 2014

The Maker Studios’ board of directors and a majority of its shareholders has approved the company’s $500 million-plus sale to Disney, a Maker spokesperson announced today.

Last Thursday, ex-Maker CEO Danny Zappin and three other Maker co-founders filed for a temporary injunction in its ongoing case against Maker (Katz vs. Donovan, originally filed in June 2013) to stop the shareholder vote to approve the sale, but that motion was denied this afternoon during an oral hearing in Superior Court of California, Los Angeles, Central District. A written decision is expected to be released later today.

According a Maker spokesperson, the vote to approve the sale that was widely-reported to be taking place tomorrow was never on the books. The sale was approved by the Maker board and its shareholders on or around March 24, when the deal was originally announced.

The sale is expected to close in the next few weeks, subject to regulatory approval.

Earlier today, Relavity Media announced that it had made a last-minute bid for Maker worth up to $1.1 billion.

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Todd is StreamDaily's U.S. West Coast Correspondent. He has written for a wide range of publications, including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, NylonGuys and, yes, even the Weekly World News. Earlier in his career, he served as senior editor for the pioneering alternative movie magazine Film Threat. You can reach him at toddrlongwell[at]gmail.com or on twitter @toddlongwell1

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