Comcast’s NBCUniversal division has bought Dreamworks Animation for $3.8 billion. The deal was announced this morning.
Comcast says that Dreamworks “will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango, and NBCUniversal Brand Development.”
As reported last night, Illumination’s Chris Meledandri will take charge of Dreamworks Animation’s business. “We are fortunate to have Illumination founder Chris Meledandri to help guide the growth of the DreamWorks Animation business in the future,” said Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal, in a statement. “DreamWorks will help us grow our film, television, theme parks and consumer products businesses for years to come. We have enjoyed extraordinary success over the last six years in animation with the emergence of Illumination Entertainment and its brilliant team at Illumination Mac Guff studio. The prospects for our future together are tremendous.”