4 Nov 2010

MGM in bankruptcy move

6:15 am on 4 November 2010

Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has filed for bankruptcy protection in a move that had been agreed with lenders.

MGM is set to merge with Spyglass Entertainment, whose co-chief executives will lead the company.

Secured lenders including Credit Suisse Group AG and JPMorgan Chase & Co to swap more than $US4 billion of debt for most of the equity in the reorganized company.

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn was involved in the run-up to the filing, first backing a rival takeover attempt by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, then throwing his weight behind Spyglass last week.