The Weinstein Company

by Maggie Applegate
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Address: 345 Hudson Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10014

Telephone: (646) 862-3400 [1]

A Brief Overview

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In October of 2005, The Weinstein Company, was launched by Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein. The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a privately owned multimedia production and distribution company. These famous brothers are known for founding Miramax Films in 1979. Although Miramax was previously owned by Disney, TWC retained partial ownership as part of a joint venture with an investor group called Filmyard Holding. The company also encompasses Dimension Films, which was founded by Bob Weinstein in 1993. Despite the company’s young age, it has released films that have gained both commercial and critical success. TWC won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2011 with The King’s Speech and then again in 2012 for The Artist. [2] [3] [4]

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Key Executives [1]

  • Rob Weisbach – President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Harvey Weinstein – Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
  • Bob Weinstein – Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
  • David Glasser – Chief Operating Officer
  • Dylan Sellers – President of Production and Acquisitions
  • Meryl Poster – President of Television

 The 85th Annual Academy Awards

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On Thursday, January 10, 2013, Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announced the 85th Academy Award Nominees. The Weinstein Company was pleased that two of their releases from 2012, Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook were both nominated for Best Picture. Although The Master was not nominated for Best Picture, Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams were all nominated for their acting. TWC was lucky enough to receive nominations in all the major categories. Other nominees included:

  • Bradley Cooper – Leading Actor  for Silver Linings Playbook
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Leading Actress for Silver Linings Playbook
  • Robert De Niro – Supporting Actor for Silver Linings Playbook
  • Christoph Waltz – Supporting Actor for Django Unchained
  • Jacki Weaver – Supporting Actress for Silver Linings Playbook

David O. Russell was nominated for Best Director for Silver Linings Playbook as well as for Best Adapted Screenplay whereas Quentin Tarantino did not receive a directing nod, but was nominated for the original screenplay of Django Unchained. [5] [6]

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This photo is courtesy of Google Images.

Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, was released in theaters on December 25, 2012. The film centers around a man named Pat (Cooper) who suffers from a mental health disorder. After spending time in a psychiatric ward, Pat returns home to live with his parents, played by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver. As Pat strives to cope with his illness as well as the aftermath of his divorce, he is introduced to the vivacious Tiffany (played by Lawrence). The two come to discover that they are just what the other needs in order to pick up and move forward with their lives.  [7]

Although Django Unchained was a nominee for Best Picture, Silver Linings Playbook was looked at as more of a contender for taking home the most sought after award in Hollywood. Harvey Weinstein began to push “the only horse” he had left in the race as The Oscars approached. [8]

 The Oscars ceremony was on Sunday, February 24, 2013, and as it turns out neither Silver Linings Playbook nor Django Unchained took home the big award of Best Picture as they were beat out by Ben Affleck’s Argo. However, both films ended up taking home big Best Actressawards. Jennifer Lawrence received the Best Actress award. Despite what Weinstein may have expected, Django took home more awards than Silver Linings as Christoph Waltz nabbed his second Academy Award, as did Quentin Tarantino. The Master proved to be the biggest disappointment for TWC, as it did not bring home a single award. [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

Financials

The results of The Academy Awards surely helped The Weinstein Company at the box office. Silver Linings Playbook did significantly well for The Weinstein Company as it has grossed a total of $226,209,283 worldwide. However Django Unchained once again outdid the company’s rom-com, as the twisted Tarantino film generated $416,545,000 worldwide. Despite The Master‘s critical acclaim, it has only generated $28,258,060 of worldwide revenue. According to IndieWire, The Weinstein Company has grossed a domestic total of $282.4 million so far this year. That is nearly thirty million more than the company generated in the entire year of 2012. [15] [16] [17] [18]

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This photo is courtesy of boxofficemojo.com as of April 8, 2013.

Now Playing

Quartet, Dark Skies, Escape From Planet Earth, and The Sapphires have all been released in the past three months and already they are performing fairly well for the company. Quartet is directed by Dustin Hoffman and is a small film that was released in accordance with BBC Films.  Dark Skies is a low budget horror film and The Sapphires is an Australian comedy. [19] [20] [21] [22] [23]

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Of these four new releases, Escape From Planet Earth had the largest budget and is the only animated film. As of April 7, 2013, the film had made over $54 million in domestic sales alone, surpassing its production budget. [24]

Coming Soon

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Although The Oscars was an important day for the company’s 2012 releases, it was also an important day for future releases. According to Deadline, Harvey Weinstein closed two large business deals on Oscar Sunday, obtaining the distribution rights of Grace of Monaco and Salinger. Grace of Monaco is set to be released on December 27, 2013. It is a biopic following the life of Grace Kelly and will star Academy Award winner, Nicole Kidman. TWC has acquired the domestic rights to the film. Salinger is a documentary about the life of famous author, J.D. Salinger. The film will spotlight Phillip Seymour Hoffman (previously feature in a TWC production) and will be released September 6, 2013. [25] [26] [27]

After the nominations that The Weinstein Company had this Oscar season, it should be of no surprise that Deadline recently released information that the company is closing a deal to distribute a film starring Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams, both of whom received

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2013 Academy Award Nominations. The film is entitled Big Eyes and will be directed by Tim Burton. Because the film is set to begin production this summer, it may not be until 2014 that viewers can expect to see the film in theaters. The Weinstein Company appears to have no intention of slowing down, an impressive feat for a company that hasn’t even been around for a decade. [28]

 

 

References

1. http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=21943957

2. http://weinsteinco.com

3. http://weinsteinco.com/about-us/

4. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/30/business/la-fi-ct-miramax-20100730

5. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/10/oscars-nominations-2013_n_2435207.html

6. http://www.themasterfilm.com/

7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj5_FhLaaQQ

8. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/feb/21/harvey-weinstein-oscars-2013

9. http://oscar.go.com/

10. http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/24/entertainment/la-et-mn-oscars-2013-academy-awards-20130224

11. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/oscar-winners-2013-full-list/story?id=18570339#.UWJdvxnNf8h

12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDU7zLAd2-U

13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq2YFFzwtno

14. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000233/awards

15. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=silverliningsplaybook.htm

16. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=djangounchained.htm

17. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=themaster.htm

18. http://www.indiewire.com/article/box-office-quarterly-the-winners-and-losers-of-an-underwhelming-2013-so-far

19. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSEnh8Hi62E

20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQs3SwCQ15U

21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1NhAUsyslk

22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ljho1cyEfg

23. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=darkskies.htm

24. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=escapefromplanetearth.htm

25. http://www.deadline.com/2013/03/toldja-the-weinstein-company-finds-oscar-candidate-in-grace-of-monaco-december-27-limited-release-set/

26. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2095649/

27. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596753/

28. http://www.deadline.com/tag/the-weinstein-company/

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