NEW YORK — In the wake of senior vice president Scott Greenstein’s departure, Miramax Films has promoted Steven Hutensky to senior VP of business and legal affairs and Andrew Herwitz to senior veepee of acquisitions and business affairs.

Hutensky will handle the business and legal work on production deals and share these duties with Herwitz on acquisitions. Herwitz will also take on the business and legal work on publishing and music deals. The two are assuming responsibilities previously assigned to Greenstein, who resigned from Miramax and is in negotiations to join October Films as a partner (Daily Variety, July 8).

Commenting on the promotions, Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said: “Miramax is like the Chicago Bulls. We have a championship team in place as well as young rookies on the bench who are primed to be championship players.”

In a statement, Weinstein sought to minimize the fallout created by Greenstein’s decision not to renew his contract after spending four years with Disney-owned Miramax.

“Scott Greenstein is a tremendous business affairs executive and lawyer, and was a great asset to the company,” he said. “However, in all fairness to the creative team of the company, it should be noted that Scott did not read scripts or bring in talent.”

Greenstein, who was often referred to as the “third Weinstein brother,” did an excellent job performing the legal work on projects and deals acquired by other people in the company, Weinstein said. “With Scott’s departure, these responsibilities will be placed in the capable hands of Andrew Herwitz and Steve Hutensky, who we are thrilled to be calling up from the bench.”

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