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Filmmaker Stephen Rollin's interested in Thrashers

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ATLANTA (AP) - Los Angeles-based filmmaker and Atlanta native Stephen Rollins says he has well-funded support in his ongoing interest to purchase the Thrashers.

Rollins said Thursday he is working with a large investment firm which has interest in "various teams," including the Thrashers. He didn't name the firm.

One of the Thrashers' owners, Michael Gearon Jr., says the team needs new investors if it is to remain in Atlanta. Gearon and the other owners claim to have lost more than $130 million since 2005.

Rollins is the head of Lightning Pictures. He says he has talked with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Rollins says the Thrashers "want to do something pretty quickly" but his group is cautiously seeking "adequate data" on the team's finances.

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