Film financier David Bergstein has filed suit over Disney’s December 2010 sale of Miramax to a group of investors including Colony Capital, Filmyard Holdings, Miramax chairman Richard Nanula, and other individuals involved in the deal. The suit, which you can …
When Mike Lang was CEO of Miramax Films, he came to Cannes last year with big plans to move into production, and tap the library for remakes. It was an ambitious plan. Now, Lang surprisingly resigned and it’s not exactly clear what Miramax is going to be. We do know its core business is earning cash from managing the library built up by Bob and Harvey Weinstein that came in the Disney sale for over half a billion dollars. Now, Miramax has taken on the library of films that include Guys and Dolls, Wuthering Heights, The Best Years Of Our Lives and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. Here’s the announcement:
Miramax has announced a licensing pact with UKTV which will make Miramax films available on the British broadcaster’s pay and DTT channels. Futher, the studio has made a handful of new staffing appointments ahead of the Mip-TV market that kicks off in Cannes next week. Former MGM exec Mathilde Rottier has been named VP worldwide television with Stuart Shaw joining from Paramount Home Entertainment as director of international sales and marketing. Also, Astrid De Berardinis and Alexandra Tullberg have been appointed directors of sales. Press releases follow:
Santa Monica, CA, March 15, 2012 – Miramax today announced two new additions to its International Sales team. Marna Grantham has been named Senior Vice President, Domestic and Latin America Sales, reporting to Joe Patrick, Head of Worldwide Sales. Gloria Lee has been named Director, Digital Sales, reporting to Beth Minehart, Head of Global Digital. Both appointments are effective immediately.
“We are very pleased to welcome Marna as we continue to grow our sales team to reach a broad range of platforms in key territories, with high quality Miramax programming,” said Patrick. “Marna brings an impressive background in television sales and marketing, as well as a keen insight for licensing programming to emerging markets, in particular Latin America which we are very focused on.”
Minehart added: “This is an exciting time at Miramax as we continue to develop a strong and experienced organization dedicated to executing our strategy. We welcome Gloria to the Digital team, as she adds impressive experience strategizing multi-platform content distribution. We look forward to working with her.”
British broadband and digital TV provider BT Vision has entered a licensing agreement with Miramax to give BT Vision Unlimited customers a selection of movies on demand from the Miramax library. In a first, a special Miramax-branded area will be created within BT’s Film space. The deal with BT follows a streaming agreement that Miramax entered with Netflix for the U.K. and Ireland late last year. The full BT Vision/Miramax press release is below:
The agreement gives BT Vision Unlimited subscribers instant access to a range of films from the Miramax collection, which has received 284 Academy Award nominations and won 68 Oscars.
The films available will include: Academy Award Best Picture winner Chicago; Pulp Fiction, the modern classic directed by Quentin Tarantino, as well as Kill Bill 1 and 2; nine-Academy Award winner The English Patient; Good Will Hunting, written by and starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck; The Talented Mr. Ripley, starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law; The Aviator, directed by Martin Scorsese; and the first three instalments of the horror franchise, Scream.
This is the latest in a recent series of Netflix deals to secure movies to stream in the UK and Ireland. But this release doesn’t say that the Miramax agreement is exclusive, a contrast to the announcements with Lionsgate and MGM.
BEVERLY HILLS and SANTA MONICA, CA – November 16, 2011 – Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Miramax today announced a new multi-year digital licensing agreement that will bring a broad range of acclaimed Miramax films to Netflix members in the UK and Ireland.
Beginning in early 2012, Miramax titles will be available for Netflix members to watch instantly in the UK and Ireland streamed over the Internet to connected TVs, tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones.
Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Netflix announced in October that it would launch its service in the UK and Ireland early in 2012.
UPDATE: Miramax’s Mike Lang and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Talk Shop; Netflix Adds ‘Lilyhammer’ To TV Lineup
MIPCOM UPDATE: The video of Miramax CEO Mike Lang’s keynote at the Media Mastermind kickoff today is below, including his chat with Neflix’s Ted Sarandos. The two companies have recently partnered up on the digital side, and the studio is in town to drum up worldwide sales for its content in both film and TV.
PREVIOUS: Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, announced in Cannes this afternoon that Netflix is adding Norwegian-produced TV show Lilyhammer to its original programming lineup. Stevie Van Zandt — who so memorably played mob consigliore Silvio Dante in The Sopranos — plays a Mafioso who testified against his former boss in New York and winds up relocated to the Norwegian countryside as part of the Witness Protection Program. Lilyhammer will premiere on Netflix in early 2012, with Netflix acquiring the 8 episodes from the show’s first season as well as the upcoming 8-episode second season. Sarandos, who was being interviewed by Miramax CEO Mike Lang, said that 60% of viewing on Netflix’s newly separated streaming business is for TV episodes, with Mad Men and Breaking Bad being most popular. Deadline understands that Netflix, which is on the hunt for original programming, has also had talks about reviving Arrested Development with 20th Century Fox TV. Netflix surprised Hollywood in March by outbidding major TV networks for the rights to the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey drama House Of Cards.
Lang, meanwhile, said that Miramax is talking to potential partners around the world about the distributor having its own cable network showing the 700 movies in its archives. Miramax signed a long-term deal for its content with Netflix in May, and is partnering with Facebook to launch Miramax Experience, an app that will allow users worldwide to watch its movies. Lang was keen to talk up how Miramax is reinventing itself as an anytime, anywhere distributor. “In a way I’d like to believe our company is a bit more Silicon Valley than Hollywood in that respect,” he said.
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That legendary 90-year-old movie producer Saul Zaentz is litigious is nothing new. Today he’s suing Miramax and Disney for breach of contract alleging he hasn’t seen enough profit from the 15-year-old Best Picture Oscar-winner The English Patient. He’s accusing the studios of blatant self-dealing and manipulation …
SANTA MONICA, CA – August 25, 2011 – Miramax announced today that Adrienne Gary has been appointed Senior Vice President, Organizational Strategy & Administration, effective immediately. Gary will be responsible for all recruiting, organizational structure, global HR and corporate administration. Gary will report directly to Steve Schoch, Miramax CFO, and work closely with Mike Lang, CEO, on key organizational issues.
The “new” Miramax keeps expanding in all sorts of interesting ways:
SANTA MONICA, CA – August 23, 2011 – Miramax today announced that Beth Minehart has joined the company as SVP, Global Digital, reporting directly to Miramax CEO Mike Lang. Minehart will be responsible for all digital initiatives and sales across the company, including day-to-day management of miramax.com and the continued build-out of Miramax’s Facebook app (Miramax eXperience). She will also work closely with Eric Doctorow, EVP, and Joe Patrick, SVP, Sales, on all digital transaction and sales efforts.