No Miramax Manifesto

Previously announced deal 'expired'

LA-based commercials house Manifesto made great play of the “one-year, first-look film deal” that it signed with Miramax Films in March.

There’s one small snag: it never happened.

Not only did Miramax and Manifesto part ways shortly after the announcement but, according to people close to the companies, the two companies never actually signed an agreement.

Under the proposed arrangement, Miramax was to finance and distribute selected Manifesto pics. Some titles were to be co-financed.

The idea was for Miramax to get first crack at some of the new directing talent from Manifesto’s commercials stable. The model, execs said at the time, were companies such as Propaganda and Scott Free/RSA. No feature projects were ever announced.

Miramax had no comment. Manifesto principal Allen Haines said that his company’s relationship with Miramax had “expired.”

“We have relationships with many studios and a broad group of directors,” he claimed. “We are still submitting projects to Miramax and Dimension.”

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