Thursday, 27 August 2015

Ari Emmanuel bids for Donald's share of Miss Universe

Miss Universe is an annual international pageant and among the mostly recognized beauty pageant. It is jointly owned by Donald Trump and NBC Universal but NBC cut ties with the organization after the racist remark made by Donald Trump about Mexicans at his presidential announcement.
News from Page Six has it that Trump wants to sell his 49% share of the Miss Universe. Ari Emmanuel and Patrick Whitesell’s WME/IMG among other bidders happened to be the highest bidders for the shares but deal yet to be done. Ari Emmanuel is a co-owner of WME/IMG, an entertainment and media agency which already had a licensing relationship with Miss Universe, expanded in 2011 to include a branded lifestyle merchandising program.
Ari Emmanuel                                                    Donald Trump
Ari Emmanuel
Amidst all these, some pageant followers opine that the Miss Universe deserves a change of ownership as to stay away from more scandals and secure its viability. While others are of the opinion that Donald should continue the ownership as his ways and actions make the pageant stays in news and attract more recognition around the world. But I think the atmosphere of its recognition matters all the same.

However, an insider said Miss Universe would be in better hands if Emanuel and WME/IMG succeeds in purchasing the Donald stakes as they are capable of modernizing the pageant and turn it into a bigger franchise. It could easily live within IMG, which produces New York Fashion Week and has successful fashion and modeling divisions.” Reps for WME/IMG and Trump declined to comment Tuesday night.

What is your opinion? Does Miss Universe deserve a change of ownership?

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