MARTY HAILS COMPLETION OF SONY PUB DEAL

Sony/ATV supremo Marty Bandier fired up a Cohiba to celebrate the announcement that Sony Corporation's purchase of the Michael Jackson Estate's 50% stake in the pubco was complete.

“The completion of this deal is terrific news for Sony/ATV and everyone who works for the company," the publishing legend proclaimed. "It marks the start of an exciting new chapter in our proud history and we cannot wait to get started as a 100% Sony-owned company. Sony Corporation has shown absolute faith and support in us and what we do by undertaking this deal and we are ready to repay that trust in the months and years ahead."

"I’d also like to take a moment to thank the Estate and especially John Branca, John McClain and Karen Langford for everything they have done for Sony/ATV over the two decades of the joint venture," Bandier added. "They will remain an integral part of our legacy.”

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