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Warner's $33M Midway Acquisition Approved By Judge

Warner Bros. can proceed with its proposed $33 buyout of beleaguered publisher Midway and its assets, following approval granted by a bankruptcy judge; once-mysterious investor Mark Thomas will see a $5 million payout.
Warner Bros. can proceed with its proposed buyout of beleaguered publisher Midway and its assets, following approval granted by a bankruptcy judge, reports the Chicago Tribune. The $33 million deal will close within 10 days. First proposed in May, it was the only offer made to acquire Midway. While most of Midway's assets are being picked up, Warner left a few studios and properties on the table. Midway San Diego and Midway Newcastle have 60 days to find new owners before they are shut down. Although their staffers have already been given their 60-day notice, they remain on the payroll until that point. Also up for grabs are several sports franchises, including Blitz and NBA Ballers, according to a Joystiq report. Mark Thomas, the Midway investor who purchased former majority owner Sumner Redstone's 87 percent stake in the company last December, will receive a $5 million payment out of the deal. That figure is substantially lower than Thomas' original $30 million secured claim; he accepted a lower sum in a settlement made with Midway's creditors earlier this month. Thomas will now see a mere 4,900 percent return on his original $100,000 investment.

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