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Is UNIVERSAL STUDIOS going from Booze to Sparkling Water'

Hey folks, Harry here. Today I've been getting heads ups all over the place that UNIVERSAL was going to be sold any day now. Now Edgar Bronfman Jr has been saying that the studio is not up for sale... but just about every trade paper in the business has been speculating on just about everyone being a possible purchaser. Will UNIVERSAL go from being Booze Owned to All-Natural Water Owned? Well... as all rumors about mergers and acquisitions go.... We'll see... Eventually UNIVERSAL will be owned by someone other than Seagrams... that's pretty much certain. Here's the latest sounds coming down the rail from Junior Mintz....

Junior Mintz here with the hot rumor that Seagrams will be selling Universal Studios lock, stock and theme parks to a French water company! I don't know if the company was Perrier or Evian, but my sources are "reliable". Word is the deal will be announced later this week, maybe as early as tomorrow. More on these damp doings as they develop.

Junior out

INSIDE.COM has just announced that a deal is in the air between Vivendi and Seagrams... thus acquiring UNIVERSAL in the process. Alright... so it isn't a 'bottled water' company... it's a WATER UTILITY COMPANY.... Junior was on the trail.

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  • June 14, 2000, 12:04 a.m. CST

    ACK!!! Harry...someone!! Help answer these questions!

    by Flmlvr

    WTF?? I sooo don't like this bit of news. What does this do for daily operations? Can someone just come in and clean out jobs? What does this do for their prodo slate? Can someone come and reverse green lights...and if so is the president of Uni in trouble??

  • June 14, 2000, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Official Statement by Universal.

    by Sorcerer

    "'scompletely falshe, we're never giving up Sheagram's *hic*, I mean, us and them, we's together forever, buddies do that. Ish not like you gots bad informashun... okay, you do. Not yer fault, mister, no need to get mad, here, sit down. I love you..." At this point the CEO and several accountants started a singalong of "Horse With No Name", which eventually degenerated into an argument over what a good name for the horse would be. A fight ensued. Seagram's had no comment, as it had passed out in the corner.

  • June 14, 2000, 3:58 a.m. CST


    by Toby O Notoby

    Now THATS funny. You got a great future in talkback, kid, great future...

  • June 14, 2000, 7:34 a.m. CST

    What this studio needs to do...

    by BSGDAN green-light the "Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming" project that Richard Hatch has been pushing. That trailer was fantastic, and a movie would be even more so. If they can make cartoon crap like "Mystery Men", "Viva Rock Vegas" (yes, Harry, it WAS crap!), and "Rocky & Bullwinkle", they can give the fans of Galactica what they have been waiting for these last 20+ years. The time is now, Universal! Take advantage of it!

  • June 14, 2000, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Going price is $37 Billion

    by Nimrod

    It's true, the going price for Seagram's and its affiliates is a whopping 37 billion bucks. Mind you, this is just an offer, nothing official yet, but you can check out press stuff at

  • June 14, 2000, 12:06 p.m. CST

    A French water comany? Eau neau!

    by Schnorbitz

  • June 14, 2000, 1:05 p.m. CST


    by splat

    According to this Washington Post article (, Seagram is actually in talks to Buy/Merge With Vivendi. Apparently, it's all part of Seagram's continued transformation into a media giant -- Vivendi owns "European Pay-TV and Internet assets"... -Dan

  • June 14, 2000, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by Wolvie6

    Been waiting for a Galactica update for years! They most definitely should do this! Have you seen Larsons new version? Absoulute crap! Hatch has to have his way in this. VIVA GALACTICA!!

  • June 14, 2000, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Took long enough

    by Garbo

    The important question is where do those nice little frogs stand on the Frankenstein CGI movie, the Hulk, and the numerous other properties that the current-and-soon-to-be-former suits at the Universal Wine Cooler Company have shelved... CBAM! And don't let the door hit you in the patootie on the way out. Props to Sorcerer. You rule.

  • June 14, 2000, 11:49 p.m. CST

    does this mean "its ucks for me II"

    by Baked Spam

    man if this deal goes through id love to see Trey Parker and Matt Stone make another propaganda film for Universal like they did when it was bought out by seagrums. Man that first film was so funny. just seeing speilberg as a guide on the tram tour talking about how scary his jaws attraction is. classic comedy. and the subtitles for when stallone was talking, ha that was great.

  • June 16, 2000, 1:16 p.m. CST

    MGM now UNIVERSAL...

    by frenchie

    The last time we bought a Hollywood major was that disastrous Credit Lyonnais/MGM deal. I hope we'll be luckier this time!