WME-IMG Takes Bold Swing with $4 Billion UFC Acquisition

WME/IMG is taking another big swing at transforming and diversifying its far-flung business operations with the $4 billion acquisition of mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fight Championship. WME/IMG and its private equity partners Silver Lake, KKR and Michael Dell’s MSD Capital, L.P. and MSD Partners, L.P. confirmed the deal Monday. The agreement is said to… […]

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We TV Orders ‘Dr. Miami’ Plastic Surgery Reality Show

We TV has ordered the unscripted series “Dr. Miami,” revolving around the work of the social media-wired plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer. Salzhauer’s practice of sharing the intimate details of his procedures on Snapchat and other social media platforms is the hook that spurred AMC Networks’ We TV cabler to give the show a six-episode order…. […]

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HBO, China Movie Channel Strike TV Movie Pact

HBO Asia and mainland China’s China Movie Channel are to co-produce a slate of martial arts-themed TV movies. The first two – titled “Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So” and “Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying” – will be executive produced by renown action director Corey Yuen. They will premiere on CMC channels in China… […]

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UFC to Be Acquired by Consortium Led by WME-IMG for $4 Billion

As expected, mixed-martial arts league Ultimate Fighting Club (UFC) has been acquired by a consortium of investors led by WME-IMG for $4 billion. The companies are expected to make a formal announcement Monday. The investors in the WME-IMG consortium are understood to include Silver Lake Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and the private equity pool controlled by… […]

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