The AEG sale that includes L.A. Live, the Galaxy soccer team and a stake in the Lakers excludes two key entertainment assets: Family film company Walden Media and a controlling stake in theater chain Regal Entertainment Group. The Anschutz Co. and its billionnaire owner are holding onto those.
Walden, which has co-financed or produced "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "Journey to the Center of the Earth" series, and Regal, the largest movie theater chain in the U.S. with nearly 6,600 screens in 37 states, will be Anschutz's only entertainment holdings once the sale of AEG is complete.
Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz is not known for holding assets indefinitely, so it may only be a matter of time until he looks to unload Walden and Regal. However, for now, his sales effort is focused entirely on AEG, a spokesman said.
Walden has long focused on family-friendly films with positive messages. But since 2010's third "Narnia" picture, "Voyage of the Dawn Treader," took in a so-so $416 million worldwide, it has financed only one movie: last year's small romantic comedy "Monte Carlo". (Walden produced but didn't invest in February's "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island".)