Already a member? Log In

“If Reese Is Worth a Billion, How Much Am I Worth?”

Reese Witherspoon in 2017
Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Matthew Belloni
July 25, 2021

You can almost hear Brian Grazer shouting at his publicist: Where’s my valuation story? Indeed, Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment this week joined the breathless media reports touting the potential sale prices of independent production companies. Never mind that Imagine, which Variety suggested could be valued at some $800 million, has been talking to various potential buyers since at least 2017. A24, another of the supposed acquisition targets (for “as much as” $3 billion!), has also been on the block for awhile. Goldman Sachs was even talking about trying to take the indie film/TV company public pre-pandemic, according to banking sources. (A24 declined to comment.)