MGM's Rescuer Could Be Qualia Capital

The sale of debt-laden MGM to Warner Bros. or Fox may be expected, but if creditors opt to revive the studio, private equity firm Qualia could be the buyer

It has been the longest-running deathbed role in Hollywood. Ever since a consortium led by Sony (SNE) paid nearly $5 billion to buy MGM five years ago, the fabled studio has been on deathwatch. Last week, it became clear that the MGM soap opera may finally come to an end when lenders refused to restructure $3.7 billion in debt. The studio quickly announced it had begun to "explore various alternatives," including "a potential sale of the company."

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