Miramax TWC Linkup Homecoming Means ‘Shakespeare In Love’ And ‘Rounders’ Sequels, And ‘Good Will Hunting’ Series

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 8:01am PST
Mike Fleming

skaeBREAKING The Weinstein boys are back at Miramax. Colony Capital principal Tom Barrack Jr and The Weinstein Company co-chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein have set an alliance that will exploit the creative properties in the library that the brothers left behind when they exited Disney. The deal will span 20 years and multiple titles for films, TV series and live stage productions. Qatar Holding and Miramax will finance these, with TWC steering development and distributing domestically while Miramax distributes internationally. Qatar Holding and Colony Capital bought the Miramax library in 2010 for around $660 million.

They’ve been successful librarians, but now Colony Capital needs the talent relationships and development expertise of the Weinsteins to become content generators. “Sure, we own the intellectual property in the library, and most of the intellectual properties in development, but we didn’t have the art form. If I called Quentin Tarantino and said, I have a great idea how to do a Pulp Fiction TV series, chances are it would be a very short conversation,” Barrack told me. “The ability to take all these threads and sew them into a tapestry, is really the magic elixir. We’ve all decided it’s time for a quantum leap and that’s why we’re all together.” Read More »

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More Trouble For Colony Capital’s Richard Nanula

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 4:32pm PDT

Related: Richard Nanula Takes Leave Of Absence From Miramax & Colony Capital After Sex Scandal

This week’s sudden leave of absence for personal reasons isn’t the only sex related problem for Richard Nanula and Colony Capital. … Read More »

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Richard Nanula Takes Leave Of Absence From Miramax And Colony Capital After Sex Scandal

BREAKING… EXCLUSIVE… UPDATE: Few Hollywood business executives have as distinguished a record of success as Richard Nanula. Now Deadline has learned from Colony Capital that the former Walt Disney Company SEVP/CFO has taken an unexpected leave of absence for personal … Read More »

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Miramax (Remember Them?) Elevates Beth Minehart, Joe Patrick To Exec Veep Posts

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 7:25am PST
Mike Fleming

Remember when Mike Lang came to Cannes with Rob Lowe to tout Miramax Films’ aspirations to freshen and expand the film library with new projects culled from the script arsenal they bought along with 700 titles in the $663 … Read More »

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Netflix To Stream Miramax Library In Latin America

By | Tuesday September 6, 2011 @ 6:21am PDT
Mike Fleming

Miramax Films, which made a deal with Netflix for its library titles in May, announced that its films will now be available in Latin America through the streaming service. We know that Netflix is also bracing for a UK launch, after Lionsgate UK made a streaming deal for its library titles to be shown there through Netflix. That deal was brokered last month.

SANTA MONICA, CA – September 6, 2011 – Miramax announced today that hundreds of its film titles will become available digitally in international markets for the first time under a multi-year agreement with Netflix. The announcement was made by Miramax CEO Mike Lang.

Beginning this month, Netflix members in Latin American territories including Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina will be able to instantly watch more than 140 Miramax movies, with dozens of titles being added on a rotating basis. The movies can be watched on multiple platforms, including TV, tablet, PC and mobile phones. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

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Mark Gill New President Of Millennium Films

Exclusive: The Film Department Shutters

LOS ANGELES, CA — Former Miramax Films and Warner Independent president Mark Gill has been named President of Millennium Films. The company plans to produce and finance five to eight star-driven, wide-release films per year with budgets between $20 and $80 million.

Gill will work closely with Nu Image/Millennium Films toppers Avi Lerner and Trevor Short and development head Boaz Davidson, starting in July, with particular focus on development, packaging, production and marketing.

Gill has 25 years of film business experience and a production track record of more than $1 billion at the box office.

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Miramax Films Makes Netflix Deal

By | Monday May 16, 2011 @ 3:09am PDT
Mike Fleming

BEVERLY HILLS and SANTA MONICA, CA – May 16, 2011 – Netflix, Inc. [NASDAQ: NFLX] and Miramax today announced a multi-year agreement under whichNetflix members in the U.S. will be able to instantly watch some of the world’s most loved and acclaimed motion pictures from the Miramax film library. 

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CANNES: Miramax Plots Content Play Through Acquisitions And Inherited Scripts By The Likes Of Anthony Minghella And Stephen Colbert

Mike Fleming

Miramax Films chief Mike Lang came into Cannes determined to dispel the notion that his backers handed $660 million over to Disney simply to manage a film library. Lang met me at the Majestic Friday alongside Rob Lowe, the … Read More »

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GK Films Hires Ex-Miramax Exec Larry Angrisani To Spearhead Marketing

By | Monday March 21, 2011 @ 4:01am PDT
Mike Fleming

Larry Angrisani has been appointed senior vice president of World Marketing and Publicity for Graham King’s GK Films. He’ll be responsible for campaigns for TV, film and new media, based out of GK’s Santa Monica offices. Angrisani spent 7 years … Read More »

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Echo Bridge Takes On Miramax DVD Titles

By | Thursday February 17, 2011 @ 12:35pm PST

NEEDHAM, MA and SANTA MONICA, CA, February 17, 2011 — Echo Bridge Entertainment, a leading worldwide distribution company, and Miramax announced today that they have entered into a domestic distribution deal. Under the long-term deal, Echo Bridge will distribute 251 titles from the distinguished Miramax film library via DVD and Blu-ray to retailers around the country utilizing Echo Bridge’s unique merchandising and distribution techniques. Miramax titles under the new partnership include such films as the From Dusk Till Dawn trilogy, award-winning dramas such as Music of the Heart, Marvin’s Room, Tsotsi and Becoming Jane, and select titles from the Hellraiser, Halloween, Pokemon and Children of the Corn franchises.

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TOLDJA! Miramax Formalizes New CEO Hire

Mike Fleming

As expected, former News Corp exec Mike Lang was named CEO of the new Miramax Films now owned by construction magnate Ron Tutor and Tom Barrack’s Santa Monica-based Colony Capital (led by former Disney CFO Richard Nanula), and Qatar Holding. Colony Capital’s Nanula will be the key person picking a CEO … Read More »

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It’s Official: Disney Seals Sale of Miramax

The Walt Disney Co’s sale of Miramax Films to Filmyard Holdings for $663 million — subject to certain adjustments — has been completed, it was announced today by both companies. The actual owners are construction magnate Ron Tutor and Tom Barrack’s Santa … Read More »

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