Sony Group Corp has officially terminated the merger deal with Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEEL) due to non-compliance with the terms of the agreement. The termination notice was issued on January 22, 2024.

Termination Letter Details

In a letter to Zee, Sony stated that the definitive agreements, signed on December 22, 2021, outlined a merger between ZEEL and Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI). The agreements allowed for discussions in good faith to extend the End Date, set at twenty-four months after the signature date. However, as the closing conditions were not met by the End Date, discussions to extend the deadline were held but no agreement was reached by the January 21 deadline. Consequently, Sony issued a notice terminating the definitive agreements.

Financial Impact and Forecast

Sony clarified that it had not included the impact of the merger in its consolidated financial results forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024. The company does not anticipate any material impact on its consolidated financial results due to the termination of the merger agreements.

Culver Max Entertainment’s Statement

Culver Max Entertainment, formerly Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited, also issued a statement expressing disappointment over the failure to satisfy closing conditions within the specified timeframe. Despite engaging in good faith discussions to extend the end date under the merger cooperation agreement, an agreement on the extension was not reached by the deadline.


The merger deal, announced in September 2021, aimed to create a Rs 14,851-crore firm, positioning it as India’s fourth-largest media company after Google, Meta, and Disney-Star.

Zee’s Request for Extension

Last week, Zee Entertainment Enterprises had requested an extension to the merger deadline, which ended on January 20. However, no agreement on the extension was reached within the stipulated timeframe.


The termination of the merger deal between Sony and Zee marks the end of over two years of negotiations and discussions. Both companies expressed disappointment over the inability to meet closing conditions within the agreed-upon timeframe. The media industry will now observe how Sony and Zee navigate their paths independently in the dynamic Indian market.

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