Mar 2, 2018

Weinstein Co. bailout deal reached

Harvey Weinstein. Photo by Yann Coatsalious/Getty Images

An investor group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet and Ron Burkle has agreed to a $500 million takeover of The Weinstein Co. — including $275 million in new investment and $225 million to pay off debts — which will keep the troubled studio out of bankruptcy. The deal also reportedly includes a $90 million victims compensation fund and a 40-day closing period.

Why it matters: Because this bailout seemed dead and buried, only to be revived Thursday in a marathon negotiating session in the offices of NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Bottom line: Harvey and Bob Weinstein get nothing.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

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T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.