Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) and Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) have announced a merger today, September 22. According to estimates, Sony would invest $1.57 billion following the merger and will hold a 52.93 percent controlling interest, while Zee stockholders will hold a 47.07 percent stake.
The ZEEL board of directors authorised the merger, and Puneet Goenka was named Managing Director and CEO of the combined company. The board stated in a statement that it considered not only financial factors, but also the strategic value that the partner offers to the table.
Zee and Sony have also agreed into a non-binding agreement to integrate their linear networks, digital assets, production operations, and programme libraries, according to the board. According to the ZEEL board, the merged firm will be a publicly traded company in India.
According to reports, both companies would undergo reciprocal due diligence and execute definitive agreements over a 90-day period. According to legal and regulatory rules, the merger proposal would be presented to Zee shareholders, according to R Gopalan, the company’s chairman.
Zee and Sony will merge to form the largest entertainment network in India, with 75 TV stations, two video streaming services (ZEE5 and Sony LIV), two film studios (Zee Studios and Sony Pictures Films India), and a digital content studio (Studio NXT).