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Weinsteins Reunite with Miramax in Production, Distribution Deal

16 December 2013 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Harvey and Bob Weinstein are back in business with Miramax, the company they founded in 1979, via a multi-year co-production and co-distribution deal covering movies, TV and stage for titles in the Miramax library.

“This is an amazing opportunity to work with the company named after our parents Miriam and Max,” the Weinstein brothers said.

The 20-year deal covers movie sequels, prequels, TV series and plays for such iconic Miramax titles as 1998′s “Shakespeare in Love” and 1996′s “Swingers.” The alliance also includes development of TV series based on the Miramax titles “Good Will Hunting” and “Flirting with Disaster.”

The deal calls for films created under the partnership to be released in the U.S. by The Weinstein Co. and sold in the international marketplace by Miramax. First productions will start early next year, the companies said.

The pact was announced Monday morning by Harvey Weinstein and Tom Barrack, the head of Colony Capital, »

- Dave McNary

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Update: No Miramax-Weinstein Merger; Miramax Revving TV/Film Production: Joint Ventures Planned With Starz, Weinsteins, Others; ‘Copland’ Reboot As Starz TV Show

3 August 2013 2:52 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Update Saturday 2:30 Am: Ignore those media stories claiming Miramax and The Weinstein Co are in talks for a potential merger. Even while on vacation I can tell you definitively they’re overblown. I’ve learned a merger is impossible because of The Weinstein Co‘s structure. As I first reported Friday, what is true is that Colony Capital/Miramax chief Tom Barrack and Harvey Weinstein just spent time in St Tropez conferring about ways to work together because of lots of joint venture opportunities. Such co-productions would give Harvey access to his most coveted projects from his Miramax heyday which is why he wanted to buy it back from Disney in 2010. The Weinstein Co and others are courting Miramax because its cash flow will exceed $160 million this year. “So all of the production groups would like to plug into this free cash flow with their development pipeline,” my insider said Friday. »

- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief

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Update: No Miramax-Weinstein Merger; Miramax Revving TV/Film Production: Joint Ventures Planned With Starz, Weinsteins, Others; ‘Copland’ Reboot As Starz TV Show

3 August 2013 2:52 AM, PDT | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Update Saturday 2:30 Am: Ignore those media stories claiming Miramax and The Weinstein Co are in talks for a potential merger. Even while on vacation I can tell you definitively they’re overblown. I’ve learned a merger is impossible because of The Weinstein Co‘s structure. As I first reported Friday, what is true is that Colony Capital/Miramax chief Tom Barrack and Harvey Weinstein just spent time in St Tropez conferring about ways to work together because of lots of joint venture opportunities. Such co-productions would give Harvey access to his most coveted projects from his Miramax heyday which is why he wanted to buy it back from Disney in 2010. The Weinstein Co and others are courting Miramax because its cash flow will exceed $160 million this year. “So all of the production groups would like to plug into this free cash flow with their development pipeline,” my insider said Friday. »

- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief

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Miramax, Weinstein Co. Talk Potential Merger (Exclusive)

2 August 2013 1:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Settling in for lunch about two weeks ago in Saint-Tropez, Harvey Weinstein sat across from the former rival who took away his prized Miramax just three years before.

Weinstein and Tom Barrack, the head of Colony Capital who outbid Weinstein to buy Miramax in 2010, have discussed merging the two companies  — an idea that execs from both shingles have been discussing for several weeks – or forming another strong partnership that gives Weinstein more control over the library he helped build from the ground up.

A partnership would also give Miramax a way to produce something it may need: new content.

Miramax and the Weinstein Co. declined to comment.

Since coming under new ownership in 2010, Miramax hasn’t been quite as productive as many observers expected it to be. Barrack’s group of investors purchased the library for $663 million, but have spent the past three years milking the company’s some 700 titles through various licensing deals. »

- Rachel Abrams

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Miramax's New Chairman on Its Future: 'We Need New Product and the Scent of New Films'

10 July 2013 2:32 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Miramax will soon produce a few films and TV series a year and is looking to acquire both film production companies and libraries, new Miramax chairman Tom Barrack told TheWrap. The head of Colony Capital, primary investor in Miramax the past three years, took control of the indie company earlier this week after former chairman Richard Nanula resigned amid unsavory allegations. Colony initially focused on monetizing Miramax's library of films like "Shakespeare in Love" and "Swingers" produced with Harvey and Bob Weinstein at the helm, but Barrack promised that that is »

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New Miramax Chair Thomas Barrack on Nanula Fallout and New Directions (Q&A)

9 July 2013 2:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Thomas Barrack Jr. didn’t have a very restful July 4th weekend. The executive was traveling outside the U.S. while also dealing with the fallout from a sex scandal that led to the exit of Richard Nanula as chairman of Miramax, the film company in which Barrack and Colony are investors. Nanula also resigned as a partner in Colony Capital (part of Colony Financial Inc.), which Barrack founded and still runs as CEO. On Monday, Barrack added duties as chairman of Miramax, whose primary asset is a library of about 700 movies and TV shows that was purchased from

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- Alex Ben Block

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Tom Barrack replaces Richard Nanula as Miramax chairman

8 July 2013 10:47 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Sex, Lies, & Videotape helped put Miramax on the map back in the ’90s — and now they’ve also brought down Richard Nanula, the former Disney CFO who became Miramax’s chairman in 2010.

Miramax announced today that Nanula has resigned from his post. Thomas J. Barrack Jr. (pictured), the chairman and CEO of Colony Capital, LLC, will replace Nanula effective immediately. Colony Capital leads the investor group that privately owns Miramax; the group purchased the film company in 2010, in a deal negotiated by Nanula. Nanula has severed ties with Colony Capital as well.

Nanula’s resignation comes after a leave of »

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Richard Nanula Resigns from Miramax, Colony Capital; Thomas Barrack to Head Studio

8 July 2013 9:51 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Richard Nanula has resigned from Colony Capital and Miramax Films. Thomas J. Barrack, Jr. will replace Nanula as chairman of Miramax, effective immediately, the company said Monday.  Barrack is chairman and chief executive officer of Colony Capital, which owns the studio. Nanula has been embroiled in a sex scandal since photos of a man having sex with a porn star surfaced on a website called TheDirty.com last month. The site claimed Nanula was the man in the pictures. Nanula had previously taken a leave of absence. Last weekend, the New York Post reported that in »

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Miramax Names Tom Barrack Chairman

8 July 2013 8:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Miramax announced today that Colony Capital head Tom Barrack has been named chairman, effective immediately. Barrack replaces Richard Nanula, who has severed his ties with the movie company and international investment bank amid a growing sex scandal, The Hollywood Reporter first reported on Sunday. The scandal began when pictures were published on the website The Dirty (and later elsewhere) of a man believed to be Nanula playing the male lead in a porn movie with adult-film actress Samantha Saint.

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Tom Barrack Named Miramax Chairman

8 July 2013 8:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Colony Capital announced Monday that chairman and chief executive officer Tom Barrack would head Miramax as its new chairman, filling the position Richard Nanula abruptly vacated last month.

The company also confirmed that Nanula had resigned in the wake of an alleged sex scandal. Earlier this month, photos surfaced on a website called TheDirty which claimed to show Nanula having sex with a porn star. Nanula immediately took a leave of absence from both Miramax and Colony, the latter of which he served as principal.

Colony was part of a group of investors which purchased Miramax from Disney for $663 million in 2010. »

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Richard Nanula Officially Out at Colony, Miramax

7 July 2013 4:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Richard Nanula is no longer on personal leave from Colony Capital, Miramax and other related companies. He has now completely severed his ties with the international investment bank, where he was a partner, and the movie company, where he was chairman, a spokesperson for Colony Capital confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday. Nanula, who was once chief financial officer of the Walt Disney Co., has recently been linked to a growing sex scandal. It began when pictures were published about three weeks ago on the website The Dirty (and later elsewhere) of a man believed to be Nanula playing

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Former Disney Exec Richard Nanula Takes Leave from Miramax Owner Colony Capital

26 June 2013 6:06 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Richard Nanula has taken a leave of absence from private investment firm Colony Capital for "personal reasons," according to a spokeswoman for the company. Nanula, the former CFO of Disney, is a principal at Colony. "Richard Nanula has taken a leave of absence from Colony and Miramax for personal reasons," the spokeswoman said, adding that it had nothing to do with Colony or Mirmax. The Santa Monica-based firm, which owns hotel chain Raffles International and French soccer team Paris Saint-Germain, acquired Mirmax in 2010 from Qatar Investment Authority. Also read: Scott Sassa Resigns »

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Richard Nanula Takes Leave of Absence From Colony, Miramax

26 June 2013 4:28 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Richard Nanula has taken a leave of absence from his positions as chairman of Miramax and as a partner in Colony Capital. A spokeswoman for Colony confirmed he has taken time off but would only say it is for “personal reasons.” There was no further explanation for why he has left, when he might return or who is taking over his roles at Colony and Miramax. The move comes nearly two weeks after compromising photos purporting to be of Nanula and a porn star appeared online at the website TheDirty.com. The photos have since been taken down but

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Lodgenet Vows To Improve Hotel TV By Expanding Relationship With DirecTV

12 March 2013 10:47 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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 Ticket. LodgeNet’s user interface will resemble DirecTV’s, »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor

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Miramax Promotes Joe Patrick and Beth Minehart

9 January 2013 8:09 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Miramax announced Tuesday it’s upped two executives as it looks to expand the sales of its content library. The independent studio, whose library includes features such as "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs," has promoted Joe Patrick to executive vice president, worldwide television, and Beth Minehart to executive vice president, global digital, according to a release. Both will report to Miramax interim CEO Steve Schoch. “We knew the Miramax brand and library of high quality but underexploited films represented a strong opportunity for the right team, and we are pleased that our strategy to shine a spotlight on these films has proven so successful," Richard Nanula, chairman of Miramax and a principal at Colony Capital, said in a statement.   "We believe the sales team—led by Beth and Joe—has positioned the Miramax library for ongoing success by ensuring quality across media and accessibility to hundreds of new markets and opportunities. »

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

8 January 2013 7:25 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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 million Disney deal? The company, run by former Disney exec Richard Nanula for Colony Capital principal Tom Barrack, has lately been as quiet as you’d expect a library management company to be, especially since Lang got his walking papers (except for its unsuccessful run at Lionsgate). They’ve just announced two executive promotions, which was useful for me because I’d completely forgotten the company existed. Here’s the announcement: Santa Monica, CA – January 8, 2013 – Miramax, the independent studio with a renowned library of critically acclaimed films, today announced that Joe Patrick has been named executive vice president, Worldwide Television, and Beth Minehart has been named executive vice president, Global Digital, reporting to Miramax interim CEO Steve Schoch. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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