A bankruptcy judge has refused to approve a sale next week of Digital Domain Media Group, according to a report by Reuters. The company says it risks losing its movie studio clients if it fails to hold a fast auction.
DDMG filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday with only $50,000 in the bank and unable to meet Friday's payroll, its attorney, Robert Feinstein, told the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.
Digital Domain Chief Executive Ed Ulbrich told the court that studios would begin pulling work from the company on Thursday unless it had an emergency loan and an agreement to auction the company to a better-financed owner next week.
Judge Brendan Shannon called the speed of the proposed sale "unprecedented" and said he was worried about giving creditors time to assess the fairness of the process.
"I'm aware of the consequences of my decision," Shannon said, adding that it was the company's choice to wait until its finances were extremely dire before filing for bankruptcy.
Shannon suggested the company hold an auction on October 2. He also suggested holding a hearing on September 20 to approve the rules for bidding at the auction.
Private equity firm Searchlight Capital has proposed an initial bid of $15 million for the company.