5 Biggest Hollywood Deals of the Past 5 Years

7:30 AM 11/18/2015

by THR Staff

A whopping $108.3 billion in sales included DirecTV going to AT&T and Walt Disney Co. purchasing San Francisco-based Lucasfilm. Here are five of the media/entertainment industry's bigger mergers and acquisitions of the past five years, courtesty of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Walt Disney Co. Buys Lucasfilm
Walt Disney Co. Buys Lucasfilm
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  1. 1

    AT&T Buys DirecTV (2015)

    $67.2 billion

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    The phone company already had U-verse but became a major TV provider with the satellite service. The company boasts a combined 25 million U.S. subscribers.

  2. 2

    Comcast Buys NBCUniversal (2011)

    $31.5 billion

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    The cable giant took its stake of NBCU to 51 percent, while General Electric held 49 percent. Two years later, Comcast paid another $16.7 billion for the rest of NBCU.

  3. 3

    Walt Disney Co. Buys Lucasfilm (2012)

    $4.1 billion

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    Lucas properties (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) came with the San Francisco-based company, which led to Force Awakens (Dec. 18).

  4. 4

    Access Industries Buys Warner Music Group (2011)

    $2.9 billion

    Courtesy of Warner Music Group

    Len Blavatnik's company bested bidders Ron Burkle, Sony, Universal Music and others for the troubled firm after its stock plunged 70 percent in four years.

  5. 5

    Dalian Wanda Group Buys AMC Entertainment (2012)

    $2.6 billion

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    Through deals like this, the Chinese firm has become the world's largest operator of movie theaters, with roughly 7,300 screens globally.