Tom Barrack Named Chairman At Miramax; Richard Nanula Officially Resigns

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 8:16am PDT

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SANTA MONICA, July 8, 2013 – Global film and television studio Miramax announced today that Thomas J. Barrack,

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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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Lodgenet Vows To Improve Hotel TV By Expanding Relationship With DirecTV

The changes will begin to take place after private equity firm Colony Capital completes its acquisition of LodgeNet Interactive, part of a pre-packaged Chapter 11 that’s expected to wrap up later this month. At that point DirecTV will participate in what the companies call “an expanded strategic relationship” to improve LodgeNet’s interactive TV and broadband services which go to 1.4M hotel and hospital rooms in the U.S. and Canada. The No. 1 satellite company will provide LodgeNet’s customers with “upgraded products and services” and receive warrants that it can use to buy up to 2.5% of the restructured LodgeNet. The arrangement will provide customers with “a unique financing program to facilitate upgrades to HDTV service at little or no out-of-pocket capital expense.” In addition, LodgeNet plans to offer additional a la carte programming, exclusive content, and DirecTV’s NFL Sunday TicketLodgeNet’s user interface will resemble DirecTV’s, and the satellite company will provide support for operations and customers. 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
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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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David Bergstein Lawsuit Claims He Was Shoved Aside After Miramax Sale

By | Monday April 9, 2012 @ 3:54pm PDT

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 … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Miramax Formalizes New CEO Hire

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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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Lagging Miramax Deal Delays Two Films

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Miramax transaction between owner Disney and soon-to-be new owners, construction magnate Ron Tutor and Tom Barrack’s Santa Monica-based Colony Capital (led by former Disney CFO Richard Nanula), won’t be finalized until the end of the year or soon … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Done Deal: Disney Sells Miramax To Ron Tutor & Colony Capital For $660M

Miramax Deal “95%” Done
Colony Capital Now Leading Ron Tutor’s Miramax Negotiations

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Miramax Deal “95%” Done: Only “Couple” Of Deal Terms And Timing Issues Remaining

UPDATES Former Disney CFO Richard Nanula Now Leading Ron Tutor’s Miramax Negotiations; Deal Could Close In A Week

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Former Disney CFO Richard Nanula Now Leading Ron Tutor’s Miramax Negotiations; “Bullet Train” Deal Could Close In A Week; Disney May Get Its $700M Asking Price; Harvey Weinstein Threatening Lawsuit

miramax_logo_blackEXCLUSIVE – UPDATED FROM 8:30 AM: Forget the bizarre involvement of David Bergstein, and Morgan Creek’s James Robinson, and even Rob Lowe. (I know, I know… I’ve learned Lowe may pull in Arnold Schwarzenegger post-November.) More on them in a minute. But they’re just the side show. Instead, I can report that, 5 days ago, Santa Monica-based Colony Capital, the private international investment firm which currently has $30 billion of assets under its management, was brought in by construction magnate Ron Tutor to help him buy Miramax from Disney. The reason? Because two years ago, Colony Capital president Tom Barrack hired 12-year Disney popular executive and former CFO Richard Nanula who’s now leading the Tutor negotiations with the Mouse House point man on the Miramax sale, Kevin Mayer, who’s EVP for Disney’s Corporate Strategy in the Business Development and Technology Group.

So, for the past five days, Nanula has organized a team of “25 guys working on it 24 hours a day” to get the deal done “like a bullet train”, I’ve learned — maybe as soon as next week. My insiders tell me that Disney could get very near to the $700 million price it’s recently wanted for Miramax — a big raise from the $625M, maybe even $650M max, which the Weinstein brothers/Ron Burkle/Fortress-Colbeck partnership seemed ready to pay until talks broke down. The reason is that Nanula and his team have now confirmed from due diligence that Miramax is sitting on a lot of cash, as much as $300M in receivables. That’s more than even the Weinstein partnership told me was out there.

Meanwhile, I’ve learned that Harvey is a Barrack pal, and the Weinstein bro is spitting mad that Tutor now looks to snag Miramax with Colony Capital’s help. “Harvey is very agitated,” an insider tells me. “He’s threatening litigation everywhere.” That’s vintage Harv: when he loses, he sues. Of course, the Weinstein brothers wanted to reclaim their former company because of its sentimental value: it’s named after their parents, Miriam and Max. To that end, I’ve previously reported how Harvey privately is warning to screw over anyone even thinking of buying Miramax. Under their exit deal in 2005, the Weinstein bros were able to retain a hold over sequel or reboot rights to films like Scream, Spy Kids and some other Dimension titles. Harv, in his inimitable way, has said he’ll do what he can to make developing those projects a nightmare.

Because the Tutor group has signed a non-disclosure agreement and entered into an exclusive negotiating period with Disney, no one is publicly commenting on anything. From Disney’s POV, it’s “still negotiating” with the Tutor group. But its comfort level has vastly improved now that Nanula has taken charge. The Harvard alum was the youngest CFO of a Fortune 500 company when he took the fiscal reins of the $22B corporation. He left in 1998 to become president and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts to work for his best friend Barry Sternlicht. Then Barrack snatched him up 2 years ago. Barrack, too, has tangential Disney ties. He worked with Robert Bass, one of the Texas billionaire Bass brothers whose 1983 investment rescued the Hollywood studio.

Meanwhile, on Nanula’s team is also Justin Chang whom Barrack hired in April as a principal responsible for extending the Colony brand into complementary areas. Chang most recently served as a partner of TPG Capital, the international private investment firm which took a bath on MGM.

I’ve learned that Tutor first approached Barrack last week “because he was queasy about the existing guys he had,” an insider tells me. “especially about David and the baggage he brings.” Before Tutor brought in Colony Capital, he was being advised by two of Hollywood’s most controversial and disliked figures: not just troubled film financier/distributor David Bergstein, whose film companies this year were placed in involuntary bankruptcy; but also his good friend, Morgan Creek’s James Robinson whose company has a mediocre track record. I understand that both men are being pushed aside now. Read More »

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