Monday, May 31, 2010

sinon fuller to acquire CKX........owners of IDOL franchise.....ELVIS & MUHAMMAD ALI likeness & image.......

CKX Confirms Acquisition Offer From Simon Fuller

"American Idol" creator wants to take over parent company of show's producer, 19 Entertainment
By Wrap Staff
Published: May 28, 2010
CKX, parent company of 19 Entertainment, which produces "American Idol," confirmed Friday that it has received an acquisition proposal from a group of investors led by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller.

The offer is believed to be for about $600 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to "Idol," CKX owns the rights to the names, images and likenesses of
Elvis Presley and
Muhammad Ali, and also operates Graceland.
It also produces Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance."

The CKX board of directors is evaluating the proposal, "as well as other potential strategic alternatives," it said in a statement, has retained Gleacher & Company as its financial adviser and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as legal adviser.

CKX also said, "There can be no assurance that it will enter into any agreement with respect to any transaction, or as to the timing or terms thereof, including price."

Fuller left 19 Entertainment, of which he was CEO and founder, in January.
In May, CKX founder-CEO Robert F.X. Sillerman resigned from the company to pursue other opportunities, including possibly buying CKX.

Fuller and partner Roger Jenkins, formerly of Barclays Capital, have amassed a $1 billion acquisitions fund, according to ABC News.

One Equity Partners, a private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase, also is eyeing CKX as a takeover target.

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