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Comcast buying DreamWorks Animation for about $3.55B

NEW YORK-- Comcast (CMCSA) is buying DreamWorks Animation (DWA) for approximately $3.55 billion.

DreamWorks stockholders will receive $41 for each share they own. That's a 24 percent premium to the company's Wednesday closing price of $32.20. The companies put the deal's value at about $3.8 billion.

DreamWorks will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures.

Once the deal closes, DreamWorks co-founder and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg will become chairman of DreamWorks New Media. He'll also serve as a consultant to NBCUniversal, a unit of Comcast Corp.

"DreamWorks will help us grow our film, television, theme parks and consumer products businesses for years to come," Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal, said in a statement.

Both companies' boards have approved the transaction, which is targeted to close by year's end.

Shares of DreamWorks surged $7.78, or 24 percent, to $39.99 a share, while Comcast's stock slipped 26 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $61.04, in early morning trade.