Chinese conglomerate Tang Media Partners is near a deal to acquire its second big Hollywood company. The Wall Street Journal is reporting tonight that it will acquire Open Road Films, the producer-distributor formed in 2011 by exhibition rivals Regal and AMC and which released the Oscar Best Picture winner Spotlight and the animated family film The Nut Job.
No financial details were disclosed, but we’ve heard since the end of May/beginning of June that the deal that was being discussed was for $2M and the assumption of debt. It was well-known that Tang Media was on the hunt to acquire as library; Deadline found out that it had on Open Road early on. When Deadline asked specifically about an Open Road acquisition earlier this summer, such talks undertaken was denied.
Tang, topped by Donald Tang and backed by big Chinese media companies including Internet giant Tencent, acquired Stuart Ford’s sales-finance outfit IM Global in June of last year. That deal including the launch of a TV joint venture with Tencent to produce and distribute content under the existing IM Global TV banner. Those deals were believed to be worth around $200 million.
The WSJ said the Open Road deal is expected to close this week, though it is not yet sealed. Open Road CEO would keep his current role, with Tang saying he would use the new company to release movies in both the U.S. and China.