At long last, Cablevision Systems Corp. shareholders approved the creation of a tracking stock tied to its Rainbow Media Group.
The vote took place at Cablevision's Bethpage, N.Y. headquarters, though with Chairman Charles Dolan controlling a majority of the shareholder votes, it's not as if the event was a suspenseful one.
Cablevision investors will get half a Rainbow share for each Cablevision share they own. The tracking stock is tied to American Movie Classics, Bravo, The Independent Film Channel, WE: Women's Entertainment, MuchMusic USA and Rainbow Sports. The company's New York City properties - Radio City Music Hall, sports teams, Madison Square Garden arena - are excluded.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer agreed to buy a 20% stake in Rainbow's entertainment networks for $825 million after an auction of the entire operation failed to attract high enough bids. Dolan has been contemplating a Rainbow tracking stock for five years. - John Higgins
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