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JS Communications pulls bid for Rhythm & Hues

March 19, 2013|By Richard Verrier
  • Rhythm & Hues led the visual effects work for the Academy Award winning movie "Life of Pi."
Rhythm & Hues led the visual effects work for the Academy Award winning… (Peter Sorel / 20th Century…)

South Korean entertainment and media company JS Communications has withdrawn its bid to acquire Rhythm & Hues, the El Segundo visual effects company that recently filed for bankruptcy protection.

Rhythm & Hues, which won an Academy Award for its work on the Ang Lee movie "Life of Pi," said in a statement that JS Communications, the previously designated stalking horse bidder, was unable to proceed with the proposed acquisition.

The statement did not specify the reason for the decision, but a source close to the matter said JS cited a "lack of cooperation from the studios."

A handful of other unidentified bidders remain interested in buying Rhythm & Hues and intend to submit bids by the March 22 deadline with a competitive auction occurring on March 27, the company said.

If accepted, the successful buyer will submit its bid for approval by the Bankruptcy Court on March 29, effectively ending Rhythm & Hues' bankruptcy proceeding.

Rhythm & Hues filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code last month after laying off 250 employees.

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