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.