1) The deal is almost sewn up and it's near enough in the bag that Disney gets them. Aquisitions usually get announced at the end of business on a Friday so that the shareholders have time to digest the news before the markets open on Monday.
2) This is a leaked story and the 'sources' are Allen & Co. Eisner is stalling yet again and they have this deadline of 30th May to reach a deal. Like the idea of encouraging other bidders by paying the legal costs planting a story like this could hurry up Disney if they thought the idea being put around that the sale was imminent might lead to another bidder coming in and snatching the company from under their nose.
It's quite encouraging the rumored figure has raised to 100 million. I guess it could mean that Eisner may agree to buy the entire company seeing as the extra 30 million is just in debt. I would guess if the article is correct that whats actually included in the deal is whats being argued over but it could happen, we'll see...
Great News! It's nice that Disney is getting them, and hopefully they will do good things with The Muppets. But, If Disney ever does anything STUPID and has The Muppet Characters communicating with Mickey and the gang, I will walk away, and shut the door behind me.
This is such a perfect example of the media's slant on news. Lord, whether you think this way or not, at least do a public service and present the facts without all the tarnishing remarks laced there within.
I liked the article up until the language accused Henson's heirs of being nasty. I hope that was just poor wording. However, I agree with Luke. It's an article planted with the intention of coaxing Eisner along. I like how the article closes, but do not like the accusation of Henson’s greed. Sure, the guys can be color blind (about their characters) but they certainly aren’t h*llraisers.