WME | IMG In Talks to Acquire Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organization (Report)
The art of the deal doesn't stop, even on the campaign trail.
Donald Trump works fast.
Hours after the business mogul and presidential candidate broke the news he had become the sole owner of the Miss Universe Organization by purchasing NBCUniversal's stake in the company, the former Apprentice host was reportedly in talks to the sell the company.
Trump is in talks with media agency WME | IMG for rights to the Miss Universe Organization, according to Bloomberg, which cited unnamed sources.
The Miss Universe pageant would join IMG's portfolio of events, including Fashion Weeks in New York, Berlin, Toronto, Australia and Miami. The sprawling sports and fashion agency also operates IMG Models.
Since the merger with WME, the combined agency has sought to create synergistic opportunities among its varied holdings, and it stands to reason that many of Miss Universe's global bevy of beauty contestants could cross over into fashion careers via WME | IMG's other properties.
Trump had filed lawsuits after both NBC and Univision refused to air the organization's pageants, which was half owned by Trump at that time, following his disparaging remarks on the campaign trail about some Mexican immigrants.
Rebecca Sun contributed to this article.