The Weinstein Company
|Founded||March 10, 2005|
|Headquarters||New York City, New York, USA|
Number of employees
Ovation TV (owned with Hubbard Media Group)
Dragon Dynasty (jointly owned by Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment)
Third Rail Releasing
The Miriam Collection
|Subsidiaries||Starz Distribution (25%) (75% owned by Starz Inc.)|
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is an American mini-major film studio founded by Bob and Harvey Weinstein in 2005 after the brothers left the then-Disney-owned Miramax Films, which they had co-founded in 1979. They retained ownership of the Dimension Films label of Miramax. It is one of the largest mini-major film studios in North America.
Their first releases in 2005 included the dramatic thriller Derailed (starring Jennifer Aniston, Vincent Cassel and Clive Owen), the offbeat comedy-drama Transamerica (starring Felicity Huffman) the computer-animated family film Hoodwinked, the World War II–era comedy-drama Mrs Henderson Presents (starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins), and the caper comedy The Matador (starring Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear).
In February 2006, TWC announced a distribution pact with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. MGM distributed the product domestically in theatres, while TWC will retain long-term ownership of their product. On July 13, 2006, the Weinsteins and Robert L. Johnson announced the creation of a joint venture studio titled Our Stories Films, which will distribute African-American-oriented films. In late August 2006, it was announced that TWC and co-investors Hubbard Media Group purchased Ovation TV, an arts-focused cable channel. In November 2006, TWC announced a three-year deal with Blockbuster Video to give the video renting company exclusive rights for rentals starting on January 1, 2007. However, under the First Sale Doctrine of United States copyright law, other rental companies are able to rent copies of the company's movies purchased at retail.
On February 8, 2008, TWC launched a distributor called Third Rail Releasing that released films aimed mainly at the home video market. On September 25, 2008, TWC ended its three-year distribution pact with MGM three months before the December 31 end date. This happened in part because TWC had struck a television output deal with Showtime, though not through MGM's output deal with them. During the span of their pact, TWC paid for marketing and prints, while MGM received a distribution fee for booking theatres.
In 2009, TWC might have lost the rights to the movie Sin City 2. The first film cost only 40 million dollars to make and brought in almost 159 million in box office alone. Weinstein Company lawyer Bert Fields quickly denied this report saying "TWC's rights to produce sequels to Sin City remain intact as they always have been. Any suggestion to the contrary is complete hogwash." In June 2009, the Weinstein Company announced the hiring of a financial adviser to restructure the finances of the company. Since July 2009, many layoffs occurred at TWC, and the release dates of some films were pushed back. On September 14, 2009, TWC terminated its stake in Genius Products, which served as TWC's home video distributor from 2006 to 2009. Genius however, had announced to exit the home video distribution business and the DVD rights that were distributed by Genius were sold to Vivendi Entertainment. TWC also struck a deal with Vivendi. The same year, it won a Peabody Award for The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
In January 2010, TWC announced more layoffs at the company after the box office failure of Nine. On February 21, 2010, The Weinstein Company made a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releasing the DVDs through Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group. Bob and Harvey Weinstein attempted to buy back Miramax from Disney in 2010, but the attempt was unsuccessful.
An ownership interest in TWC's library at that point, consisting of 200 titles, was sold off to Goldman Sachs and Assured Guaranty in 2010. The sale freed TWC from bankruptcy. Goldman Sachs' stake in the library was purchased by AMC Networks in 2015. According to Deadline Hollywood: "The library will revert to the Weinstein Company itself when the remaining debt has been paid off by the films in question."
On January 4, 2011, the Weinstein Company has agreed to acquire a 25% stake in Starz Media. Because of this, Starz Media subsidiary Anchor Bay Entertainment became the home video distributor for all TWC films. On February 3, 2011, the Weinsteins extracted a $75 million consolation prize from their former parent company, Disney, thus improving their filmmaking career. As a result, Disney handed over its 50% stake in Project Runaway, and reduced its share in four jointly owned films, including Scary Movie and Spy Kids, from 50% to 5%. On February 27, 2011, TWC's distributed film The King's Speech brought to the company their first Academy Award for Best Picture at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, after their last Best Picture Oscar winner Chicago won in 2002 when Bob and Harvey Weinstein were at Miramax, controlled by then corporate owner Disney, and their previous Best Picture nominees for TWC were 2008's The Reader and 2009's Inglourious Basterds, the latter film a co-production with Universal Pictures and A Band Apart. In March 2011, the company formed a video game division named TWC Games. TWC Games formed a strategic consultancy with Beefy Media, a video game production company, to foster relationships with publishers and create high-quality games.
On February 26, 2012, after TWC's purchase of the rights to release Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist in the United States, which won the prestigious Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for Jean Dujardin, The Artist won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. This is the second consecutive Oscar for Best Picture awarded to the Weinstein Company. The last independent mini-major to win back-to-back Oscars for Best Picture was Orion Pictures for their films Dances with Wolves in 1990 and The Silence of the Lambs in 1991.
TWC distributes films on multiple formats (including video-on-demand) through its Radius-TWC brand. In September 2013, Bob and Harvey Weinstein launched the TWC-Dimension label to distribute projects that they both share interest in.
In December 2013, Miramax and TWC entered a 20-year joint-venture agreement to develop and produce films, TV series, and stage shows. The deal will allow the Weinsteins to exploit the 700-film Miramax library. Sequels to Rounders and Shakespeare in Love are among the films being developed under this new deal, and series based on Good Will Hunting and Flirting with Disaster are being planned as well. Other developments include a Stephen Colbert-written film titled The Alibi, and an adaptation of Liz Jensen's novel The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, that late filmmakers Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack intended to make. Miramax will put up the financing and handle international sales while the Weinstein Company will develop the projects and distribute the titles domestically.
In May 2014, the company entered into a five-year multi-picture financing agreement with Worldview Entertainment.However, Worldview financed only the period drama Tulip Fever due to financial difficulties as a result of the departure of CEO, Christopher Woodrow.
Originally launched as Miramax Books by Bob and Harvey Weinstein in 2001, the imprint was reborn in 2009 as Weinstein Books, a joint publishing venture between The Weinstein Company and The Perseus Book Group.
Since 2012 Weinstein Books has been under the creative management of Publishing Director Georgina Levitt and Editorial Director Amanda Murray. Publicity Director Kathleen Schmidt joined Weinstein Books in 2013.
The imprint publishes a range of general interest fiction, both literary and commercial, along with media-driven non-fiction and YA titles.
Today Weinstein Books publishes bestselling books such as the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Finding Me by Cleveland kidnapping survivor Michelle Knight, Man Booker Prize long listed fiction by Tan Twan Eng , health titles by vegan wellness personality Kathy Freston and current events books from Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski.
Collaboration with The Weinstein Company
Australia and New Zealand
UK and Ireland
- Momentum Pictures (now Entertainment One) (2006-2011)
- Optimum Releasing (now StudioCanal) (2007-2010)
- Entertainment Film Distributors (2008–present) (main contractor)
- Paramount Pictures (2006-2008)
- Warner Bros. UK (2014, 2016)
- Weinstein Co. lets go of 24, a November 21, 2008 article from The Hollywood Reporter
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- How The Weinstein Company ruined Home Entertainment – /FILM
- 67th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2008.
- Dade Hayes "Variety" May 23, 2007 Weinsteins launch three new labels variety.com, Retrieved on September 7, 2013
- Genius Products
- "Bloody Disgusting" Weinstein Company Launches Third Rail Releasing bloody-disgusting.com, Retrieved on November 13, 2012
- Pamela McClintock. "Weinstein Co., MGM cut short deal". Variety. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
- "Sin City (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- "IESB Exclusive: The Weinstein Company Loses Rights to Sin City 2!". Retrieved June 17, 2015.
- 'Sin City 2' and Weinstein Co.: What's going on?
- Finke, Nikki (June 5, 2009). "The Weinstein Company To Restructure – Deadline.com". Deadlinehollywooddaily.com. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- Finke, Nikki. "Unhappy ‘Halloween’: Weinstein Co Layoffs –". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- Finke, Nikki (September 25, 2009). "Tom Ortenberg Exits The Weinstein Co –". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- Weinstein terminates stake in Genius Products-paper, uk.reuters.com
- 69th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2010.
- Finke, Nikki (January 13, 2010). "Weinstein Co Suffers More Exits & Layoffs; Why ‘Nine’ Was Such A Financial Disaster –". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- Weinstein Company Seals Sony DVD Deal, deadline.com
- "Disney will not sell Miramax back to the Weinsteins | News Briefs | EW.com". News-briefs.ew.com. May 25, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- "Goldman Gets Weinstein Film Library Stake | Los Angeles Business Journal". Labusinessjournal.com. June 24, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- Ali Jaafar. "AMC Networks Acquires Goldman Sachs’ Stake In Weinstein Company Library - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
- Weinsteins Buy 25% Stake In Starz Media, deadline.com
- Gatecrasher (February 3, 2011). "Harvey and Bob Weinstein extract $75 million consolation prize from Disney after company fallout". Daily News (New York). Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- "Winners for the 83rd Academy Awards | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences". Oscars.org. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat. "The English Patient The Video Game Artsy Film Makers at The Weinstein Co Form Video Game Division". March 25, 2011.
- Mike Fleming Jr. "Radius-TWC Names Liza Burnett Fefferman To Run Publicity, Heath Shapiro Marketing/Distribution". Deadline. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
- Nancy Tartaglione. "Weinsteins Acquire ‘Paddington’ For New TWC-Dimension; Colin Firth & Nicole Kidman To Lead Cast Of CGI Live-Action Pic - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
- "Endemol" THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO PEAKY BLINDERS endemol.com, Retrieved on November 12, 2013
- Mike Fleming Jr. "The Weinstein Company, Miramax Reunite In Production Deal - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
- Fleming, Mike, Jr. (May 7, 2014). "The Weinstein Company Makes 5-Year Co-Fi Deal With Worldview Entertainment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
- "Weinstein Books Rises, Again, With New Team". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
- Nancy Tartaglione. "EOne & The Weinstein Co Renew Output Deal In Canada". Deadline. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
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