Hearne: Jack Searches the Heavens for Rationale for AMC Sale to Chinese

What to think of the deal by Chinese company Wanda to buy local movie giant AMC?

Well for starters, that nothing is sacred in the world of high finance and international business. As promised – but not reported locally until recently by KCC – Wanda president Wang Jianlin had boasted in a speech last year that "his company would ‘shock the world’ with an acquisition to be made within the year."

Well, it certainly did come as a shock to Kansas City that one of its prized corporate possessions would no longer be under local (or domestic) ownership and control. After all, AMC employs about 18,500 staffers and owns 346 theaters.

And while undoubtedly the Chinese will want things to remain intact where AMC’s domestic and international business is concerned, it does make one wonder how much longer those two and three connection international flights to the Cowtown will make sense to Wanda execs. Especially given that Kansas City is hardly an entertainment hub.

So we’ll see.

Meanwhile, inquiring minds locally want to know what venerable movie guy Jack Poessiger thinks of the deal. Is he in shock or anything?

"No, not really," Poessiger says."There’s nothing really new that we didn’t speculate on a week ago. The NYC money guys finally got their payday and there’s apparently some money left to put into the company as well.
Stan Durwood‘s probably up there—or at least I THINK he’s up there—high-fiving  St. Mayer, St. Warner, St. Zanuck–and St. Peter."

Maybe.

Or perhaps he’s wondering why AMC wasn’t the one embarking on the theater buying shopping spree in China instead of the company he founded’s money lenders cashing in on their big movie bet.

Oh, and one more thing…

"There’s absolutely no truth to the apparent rumors that AMC management will have to be carrying Chairman Mao‘s little red book with them at all times," Poessiger cracks.

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2 Responses to Hearne: Jack Searches the Heavens for Rationale for AMC Sale to Chinese

  1. the dude says:

    They were desperate for money,
    plain and simple. Either that or file for bankruptsy, a good offer came and they took it.

    Ka-ching, Bei-jing.

  2. blank says:

    Remember, China is Fascist not Communist now.
    Anyway, well in 2004 I think AMC was taken over by J.P. Morgan. These people have no loyalty to the United States, all they care about is money, regardless of where it comes from and the fact that they would be killed for their business practices in China.
    Also Hearne you were wondering about why AMC wouldn’t be going on a shopping spree in China for theaters? For one they’d have to set up a Chinese divsion then of the theatre chain with 50% of the companies shares belonging to the Chinese governnment. Yes, all foreign corporations who want to set up shop have to let 50% of the shares be owned by the Chinese government. This is why I say China is pretty much Fascist.
    Hearne do we really want a bunch of Fascist scum visiting here by plane? As far as I’m concerned, if I meet the head of Wanda Cinemas or see him around I’ll be tempted to throw rotten food . At best if what I’ve heard about him being part of the Chinese Communist Party is true I’ll ask him how “Communism” is so superior when they’re not willing to expose it to sunlight by comparing it to different political philosophies honestly. How they can justify the cultural genocide of the Tibetan people by moving in and employing Chinese people who speak Mandarin as well as only employing people who speak Mandarin.

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