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Tyler Perry, John Krasinski and Mark Wahlberg react to the Paramount-Skydance deal

Big Hollywood stars celebrated the Paramount-Skydance deal, calling the sale “a win for the industry” and “a match made in heaven for the film world.”

Assuming the deal is approved by regulators and completed, David Ellison’s Skydance will acquire Shari Redstone’s majority stake in National Amusements, which in turn would secure control of Paramount, the owner of Paramount film and television studios, Paramount+, CBS and cable channels including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central. News of the sale first emerged on Sunday, after months of speculation.

“I’ve enjoyed working with Shari Redstone from Viacom to Paramount,” said Tyler Perry. “She’s been a pillar of support for me, so this is a little bittersweet because I’m just as excited to be working with Skydance. It’s so fantastic to have someone at the helm of one of the most prestigious studios who loves this business. It’s especially exciting given David Ellison’s expertise in both the creative and technological advancements needed to lead us into this next chapter.”

John Krasinski added his own praise, saying, “For nearly the last decade, I’ve been fortunate to work with both companies on some of the most exciting work of my career. The fact that they are now joining forces ensures that I can continue to work with an incredibly talented and enthusiastic film family.”

Mark Wahlberg said the deal was “a win for the industry,” adding: “I was fortunate to work with David and his team on The family plan and look forward to the start Balls upmy second film with Skydance. David is an exceptional filmmaker and executive, and I am confident he will bring the same creative leadership to Paramount, one of the most storied studios in Hollywood.”

Jane Fonda also supported the two: “David is a firm believer in the power of creative storytelling and creative storytellers and has the expertise and understanding of how technology can enhance the creative experience. This is a match made in heaven for the film world.”

James Patterson said working with Ellison and Skydance “has been a pleasure” and “David and his team are the right people to strengthen Paramount’s future.”

Alan Ritchson noted that he is “someone who has had the pleasure of working closely with David and the team at Skydance,” and he “couldn’t be more excited about this merger with Paramount and what it means for storytellers and audiences alike. I’ve seen firsthand how friendly Skydance is to creatives. This is a win for an industry that is just entering its prime coming of age.”

Lee Child added: “My rigid rule is to only work with people I like, trust and admire. David Ellison fit that bill when we worked together many years ago, and he has proved me right many times since then – he has made great decisions and always put the needs of the show above all else. I had a great time with Paramount and Skydance, and to have them united under David’s leadership makes me very happy. Onwards and upwards, as we both like to say!”

On X, formerly Twitter, Scott Derrickson wrote: “I just finished a film with Skydance, and here’s what I can tell you about David Ellison and his top executives: They are all smart, decent people who really love movies.”