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Lionsgate planning to acquire Miramax: report

Independent entertainment studio Lionsgate, is planning to acquire Miramax, which Disney has placed on the market for a reported price of $700 million, according to reports.

business Updated: Feb 10, 2010 10:16 IST

Independent entertainment studio Lionsgate, is planning to acquire Miramax, which Disney has placed on the market for a reported price of $700 million, according to reports.

The New York Post newspaper reported on Monday that while rival studios "pursue the bigger fish (MGM)", Lionsgate might wind up being the only bidder for Miramax, and a direct deal with Disney would be far easier to negotiate than one with the five owners and more than 100 creditors who must approve any MGM deal.

It said that Lionsgate is not likely to bid $700 million at first because it would risk upsetting its principal stakeholder, activist investor Carl Icahn, who has previous chastised the studio's principal executives for their tactics in previous negotiations.