The Mission: Impossible star has cut a deal with a group that includes the owner of the NFL’s Washington Redskins to finance the overhead costs of his film production company.
Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder, chairman of Six Flags Inc., is said to be a leading investor in an agreement that would give Cruise less than $3 million annually to finance staff and office expenses.
The two-year deal gives Cruise less than the $3 million a year that he reportedly turned down from Paramount Pictures to renew his longtime deal with the studio, which expires on Thursday.
When Cruise was publicly dropped from Paramount's payroll by studio owner and Viacom Inc. chairman Sumner Redstone last week, Wagner claimed the pair had already lined up financing from hedge funds to cover the much larger cost of developing movies.
The name of the hedge fund remains unknown and Cruise's lawyer, Bertram Fields, said last week there was no hedge fund deal.
Several top banking sources tell the Los Angeles Times they had not heard of any deal struck by Cruise with a hedge fund.
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