The Weinstein Company, LLC

The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Company, LLC
Type Private
Industry Film
Founded March 10, 2005
Founder(s) Bob WeinsteinHarvey Weinstein
Headquarters New York City, United States
Products Motion pictures
Employees 200[1]
Divisions Dimension FilmsDimension ExtremeOur Stories Films,Ovation TV (owned withHubbard Media Group), Starz Media (25%; Liberty Media, 75%)

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is an American 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. Its films are released on DVD by Beverly Hills–based Anchor Bay Entertainment, and it has an office in Beverly Hills.




Their first releases in 2005 included the dramatic thriller Derailed (starring Jennifer AnistonVincent Cassel and Clive Owen), the offbeat comedy-drama Transamerica (starringFelicity 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.[2] MGM distributed the product domestically in theatres, while TWC will retain long-term ownership of their product.

In July 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.[3] In late August 2006, it was announced that TWC and co-investors Hubbard Media Group purchased Ovation TV, an arts-focused cable channel.[4]

In November 2006, TWC announced a three-year deal with Blockbuster Video to give the video renting company exclusive rights for rentals starting on 1 January 2007.[5]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.[citation needed]

The company is the co-producer, along with Miramax, of the Lifetime reality series Project Runway, which for its first five seasons aired on Bravo.[citation needed]

On May 24, 2007, the Weinstein Company announced the launch of three new direct-to-video labels: The Miriam Collection, Kaleidoscope TWC, and Dimension Extreme.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]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.”[9][10]

In June 2009, the Weinstein Company announced the hiring of a financial adviser to restructure the finances of the company.[11] Since July, 2009, many layoffs occurred at TWC, and the release dates of some films were pushed back.[12][13]

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.[14]

In January 2010, TWC announced more layoffs at the company after the box office failure of Nine.[15] On February 21, 2010, The Weinstein Company made a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releasing the DVDs through Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group.[16]

TWC’s library, consisting of 200 titles, will be sold off to Goldman Sachs and Assured Guaranty. The deal, if successful, will free the Weinsteins from debt.[17]

Bob and Harvey Weinstein attempted to buy back Miramax from Disney in 2010, but the attempt was unsuccessful.[18]

A new joint venture between Miramax and TWC has been set up, to develop sequels of films from the former studio. Sequels to RoundersBad Santa, and Shakespeare in Loveare among the films being developed under this new deal, while sequels to Bridget Jones’s DiaryCop LandFrom Dusk till DawnSwingersClerksShall We Dance?, and The Amityville Horror are being billed as “potential” projects.[19]

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.[20]

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%.[21]

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.[22]

In March 2011, the company formed a video game division named TWC Games.[23] TWC Games formed a strategic consultancy with Beefy Media, a video game production company, to foster relationships with publishers and create high-quality games.[23]

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 Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actor Jean DujardinThe 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.

[edit]Film distributor history

[edit]Weinstein films

Title Release Date Notes
Derailed November 11, 2005 first release
The Libertine November 25, 2005 second release
Hoodwinked! December 16, 2005 the studio’s first animated film
Transamerica December 23, 2005
Mrs. Henderson Presents December 25, 2005
The Matador December 30, 2005
The Protector September 8, 2006

[edit]Dimension releases

[edit]Titles distributed by MGM

[edit]Other films

[edit]Upcoming films


Title Release Date Notes
Killing Them Softly 9/21
Butter 10/5
So Undercover 10/5
The Master 10/12
The Silver Linings Playbook 11/21
The Prodigies (La nuit des Enfants Rois) 12/7 UK distribution only (as Vue Entertainment), co-production with Onyx Films, Fidélité Films, DQ Entertainment, Luxanimation and Studio 37
Django Unchained 12/25 co-production with Columbia Pictures
Bachelorette 2012 distributed by RADiUs-TWC
Only God Forgives 2012 distributed by RADiUs-TWC; co production with FilmDistrictGaumont, and Wild Bunch
The Grandmasters 2012



[edit]International distributors




[edit]Weinstein books

Upon leaving Disney, the Weinsteins reached an agreement to bring over Rob Weisbach, the CEO of their publishing imprint, Miramax Books, to the Weinstein Company. Weisbach would continue to manage all of Miramax Books’ existing titles until they were published but would acquire all new titles for Weinstein, while Disney would acquire new titles under their Hyperion imprint.[28] Judy Hottensen is currently acting president of Weinstein Books.[29]

Weinstein Books published its first book, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, on September 4, 2007.[30]

On October 19, 2009, TWC announced a joint venture with Perseus Book Group, whereby Perseus would be responsible for marketing, editing, publishing and distribution of Weinstein Books releases.[31]


  1. ^ Weinstein Co. lets go of 24, a November 21, 2008 article from The Hollywood Reporter
  2. ^ MGM poised to create distribution arm
  3. ^ – Tracey Edmonds to Lead Our Stories Films
  4. ^ James, Meg (August 30, 2006). “Family, Weinstein Buy Arts Channel – Los Angeles Times”Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ How The Weinstein Company ruined Home Entertainment – /FILM
  6. ^ Genius Products
  7. ^ Weinstein Co., MGM cut short deal
  8. ^ “Sin City (2005)”. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  9. ^ IESB Exclusive: The Weinstein Company Loses Rights to Sin City 2!
  10. ^ ‘Sin City 2’ and Weinstein Co.: What’s going on?
  11. ^ Finke, Nikki (June 5, 2009). “The Weinstein Company To Restructure –”. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  12. ^ Finke, Nikki. “Unhappy ‘Halloween’: Weinstein Co Layoffs –”. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  13. ^ Finke, Nikki (September 25, 2009). “Tom Ortenberg Exits The Weinstein Co –”. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  14. ^ Weinstein terminates stake in Genius Products-paper,
  15. ^ Finke, Nikki (January 13, 2010). “Weinstein Co Suffers More Exits & Layoffs; Why ‘Nine’ Was Such A Financial Disaster –”. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  16. ^ Weinstein Company Seals Sony DVD Deal,
  17. ^ “Goldman Gets Weinstein Film Library Stake | Los Angeles Business Journal”. June 24, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  18. ^ 04:24 PM ET (May 25, 2010). “Disney will not sell Miramax back to the Weinsteins | News Briefs |”. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  19. ^ Stableford, Dylan (December 15, 2010). “Miramax, Weinstein Co. to Produce Sequels to “Bad Santa,” “Swingers” (updated) | The Wrap Movies”. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  20. ^ Weinsteins Buy 25% Stake In Starz Media,
  21. ^ By 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.
  22. ^ “Winners for the 83rd Academy Awards | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences”. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  23. a b Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat. “The English Patient The Video Game Artsy Film Makers at The Weinstein Co Form Video Game Division“. March 25, 2011.
  24. ^ Official Site for Zack and Miri Make a Porno]
  25. ^ [1] Outlander @ IMDB]
  26. ^ Swart, Sharon (May 20, 2009). “TWC steps in ring with ‘Fighter'”Variety. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  27. a b c Fleming, Mike (April 23, 2012). “Weinstein Company Dates Trio Of Animated Pics For 2013”Deadline. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  28. ^ Weinstein Books Splits From Miramax | The New York Observer
  29. ^ [2]| The New York Observer
  30. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (December 5, 2006). “Weinstein Books picks up Lam’s ‘Bloodletting'”Variety.
  31. ^ Finke, Nikki. “Weinstein Company Sounds Like It’s Expanding Book Biz But Really Shifting It –”. Retrieved March 16, 2011.

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