Sale of Rainmaker’s animation studio to Xing Xing Digital collapses


Vancouver-based Rainmaker Entertainment has terminated a deal that saw Rainmaker Studios Inc. (RSI), a subsidiary of Beijing’s Xing Xing Digital Corp., acquiring Rainmaker Entertainment’s animation studio.

“Rainmaker delivered its notice of termination because the parties were unable to close the transaction” by the agreed-upon deadline of Sept. 14, Rainmaker said in a statement Monday.

“The board of directors of Rainmaker felt that due to the delay in closing the transaction, it was in the best interests of Rainmaker and its shareholders that the company focus on its existing business operations and on exploring alternative transactions,” it continued. It didn’t elaborate.

The deal, that was first unveiled in June and had received shareholder approval in August, saw Xing Xing assuming $7 million in Rainmaker’s debt as well as all its real estate property leases. It also saw Rainmaker providing a four-year, $5-million loan to RSI as well as naming five directors to RSI’s board.

Rainmaker’s current major project is Escape from Planet Earth, a big budget animated sci-fi film whose cast includes Jessica Alba, Brendan Fraser and James Gandolfini, according to IMDB.