Digital Domain Media Group, Inc. (NYSE: DDMG) today announced that as part of its previously announced strategic realignment, and to ensure the long-term future of its core business and facilitate a sale of assets, it has filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmington (“Court”) and is also seeking ancillary relief in Canada, pursuant to the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver Registry (the “Canadian Court”). DDMG also announced that it has entered into a purchase agreement with Searchlight Capital Partners L.P. (“Searchlight”) to acquire Digital Domain Productions and its operating subsidiaries in the United States and Canada (“DDPI”), including Mothership Media (“Mothership”), subject to the receipt of higher and better offers and Court approval.
DDPI and Mothership, with studios in California and Vancouver, are focused on creating digital visual effects, CG animation and digital production for the entertainment and advertising industries and are led by recently promoted Chief Executive Officer Ed Ulbrich.
“We’re excited to begin this new chapter in our history and look forward to partnering with Searchlight,” said Ulbrich, a 20-year veteran of the company. “The capital commitment of Searchlight will enable us to continue to bring our expertise to feature films, advertising, games, and other media experiences, with a focus on what we do best – creating amazing digital productions. We remain on track to deliver all of our clients’ productions on schedule, on budget and at the highest degree of quality that they expect from Digital Domain.”
During this process, DDPI and Mothership intend to continue to operate without interruption in the ordinary course of business including adhering to and seeing through client contracts.“We believe in the visual effects business of Digital Domain, led by Ed Ulbrich and his team, and are strongly committed to maintaining the premiere product they create for customers and moviegoers. Upon Searchlight’s consummation of the transaction, we have committed and will continue to commit our strong financial resources and expertise to ensure that this business always remains healthy and vibrant,” said Eric L. Zinterhofer, co-Founder, Searchlight Capital Partners L.P.