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Walt Disney in Serious Talks to Acquire Pixar

The post-Eisner Walt Disney is close to buying Pixar Animation Studios in a deal that could allow Steve Jobs and his team to exert significant creative influence at the entertainment giant, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The two animation giants are reportedly in serious discussions (subscription required) after months of exploring ways to continue their lucrative partnership, people familiar with the matter told the publication. According to the report, Disney would pay a nominal premium to Pixar's current market value of $6.7 billion, in a stock transaction that would make Jobs, the Pixar chairman and chief executive, the largest individual shareholder in Disney.

News source: AppleInsider

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