Harvey and Bob Weinstein are finally being reunited with the company they founded, Miramax. They lost the name and their library to Disney several years ago. Disney sold the company to Colony Capital and a group of investors who didn’t know what they were doing, and drove the treasured library into a hole. Now Colony’s smart Thomas Barrack has made a deal to let the Weinsteins run the company and the library, and restore to its original luster.
Now the Weinsteins can make TV series from some of their original hits, including “Good Will Hunting” and “Flirting with Disaster.” They can also take pride in getting back– at least by license– the name they came up with which was dedicated to their parents, Miriam and Max. Miriam Weinstein made a statement today congratulating her sons.
Miramax had several Best Picture winners and nominees including The English Patient, Chicago, and Shakepeare in Love (winners) and Good Will Hunting, Gangs of New York, The Cider House Rules, The Aviator, and Chocolat.
This year the Weinsteins are back in the Oscar game with August: Osage County, Philomena, The Butler and Mandela.