Your eagle-eyed correspondent notes this in the New York Times:
After more than a year of almost no activity, [new] deals do suggest that Hollywood is regaining its footing in a sharply changed entertainment sector ...
People are said to be kicking the tires on DreamWorks Animation, which is increasing production from two to three movies a year. Mr. Katzenberg declined to comment on the Merger & Acquisition chatter around his company.
DreamWorks Animation is now the only stand-alone animation studio in town. Every other cartoon factory nestles under the wings -- directly of indirectly -- of one of the conglomerates.
Sooner or later, the DWA will also cuddle up to one of the entertainment monsters. Nothing else makes (long-term) business sense .... unless the house of Jeffrey intends to grow into a conglomerate itself.