In discussion with Richard Stengel, Managing Editor, TIME, Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company, shares the creator's process for storytelling.
Richard Stengel is the managing editor of TIME, which has 50 million readers worldwide. He oversees the domestic, international and tablet editions of the magazine, TIME.com, mobile and TIME for Kids. He was named TIME’s 16th managing editor on May 17, 2006.
Among his other notable achievements, Mr. Stengel collaborated with Nelson Mandela on Mandela’s best-selling 1993 autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, and later served as co-producer of the 1996 Oscar-nominated documentary Mandela.
Under Mr. Stengel, TIME has received numerous awards, including Magazine of the Year from the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2012. The award, the industry’s top honor, recognizes excellence both in print and on digital platforms.
In addition to his work on Long Walk to Freedom, Mr. Stengel has written several books, including Mandela’s Way; January Sun: One Day, Three Lives, A South African Town; and You’re Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery. He is a member of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Board of Advisers and the board of trustees of City Year, an organization that promotes national service.
Mr. Stengel has a long history with TIME, having served as the magazine’s national and culture editor as well as the editor of TIME.com. Most recently, he interviewed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and has traveled in the Middle East with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As a senior writer and essayist, he covered the 1988 and 1996 presidential campaigns.
Mr. Stengel has also written for the New Yorker, the New Republic and The New York Times. In 1998 he taught a course at Princeton called Politics and the Press before moving on to a very different arena in 1999 as a senior adviser and chief speechwriter for presidential candidate Bill Bradley.
Previously, Mr. Stengel was president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, a museum, education center and think tank on Independence Mall in Philadelphia.
Mr. Stengel graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1977 and played on its 1975 National Invitation Tournament–winning basketball team. As a Rhodes scholar he studied English and history at Christ Church, Oxford. A native New Yorker, Mr. Stengel is married to Mary Pfaff. They have two sons.
Harvey Weinstein launched The Weinstein Company, a multi-media company, with his brother Bob on October 1st, 2005.
The Weinsteins established a new label, Radius-TWC, late last year to release theatrical titles on VOD, launching the venture with “Bachelorette” in August a full month before the Kirsten Dunst-Rebel Wilson comedy hit screens—a release pattern dubbed “ultra” VOD. Although it seemed thematically similar to the hit “Bridesmaids,” “Bachelorette” made just $448,000 at the box office but raked in $5.5 million on VOD.
Since its launch, TWC and Dimension Films have also released such films as: Grindhouse, 1408, I’m Not There, The Mist, The Great Debaters, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Reader, The Road, Clerks II, Factory Girl, Halloween, A Single Man, The Tillman Story, Piranha 3D, Inglourious Basterds, Blue Valentine, last year’s Academy Award ® winner for Best Picture, The Kings Speech, and this year’s Academy Award ® winner for Best Picture.
Mr. Weinstein founded Miramax Films in 1979 with his brother Bob, naming the company after their parents, Miriam and Max. Under Harvey and Bob’s leadership, Miramax Films released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films, including sixteen Best Picture nominations over a span of sixteen years: The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Chicago, Gangs of New York, In the Bedroom, Chocolat, The Cider House Rules, Shakespeare In Love, Life Is Beautiful (La Vita É Bella), Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, Il Postino (The Postman), Pulp Fiction, The Piano, The Crying Game, and My Left Foot, as well as a Best Picture nomination for The Hours, which was a co-production. The outstanding quality of Miramax’s films under the Weinsteins’ leadership was represented in the company’s success in the annual Academy Awards race.
During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and The Weinstein Company, they have received 303 Oscar nominations and won 75 Academy Awards.