Miramax inks Good pic pact

First-look deal does not include Lee projects

Miramax Films has reached an exclusive multiyear first-look production pact with Good Machine, the decade-old Gotham-based shingle that has developed and produced titles such as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “The Tao of Steve,” “The Brothers McMullen,” “Happiness” and “The Ice Storm.”

Under the terms of the agreement made between Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and Good Machine partners Ted Hope, David Linde and James Schamus, Miramax will have the first shot at developing and distributing Good Machine projects, some of which Schamus may write.

Miramax co-prexy of production Meryl Poster will oversee the projects for Miramax. Linde’s Good Machine Intl. will retain first-look rights on international territories for Good Machine projects.

Miramax’s first-look deal does not include projects directed by “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” helmer Ang Lee, who has worked almost exclusively with Good Machine since his 1992 film “Pushing Hands.”

Good Machine had previously inked a three-year overall deal with Universal Pictures. Prior to that, Good Machine was based at 20th Century Fox.

“Miramax matches our range of interests, from smaller personal films to more expansive studio-level projects, like no other company,” Schamus told Daily Variety. “We’re thrilled to be in business with our New York neighbors.”

Weinstein added, “We are truly excited about establishing this relationship with Good Machine, one of the most creative and visionary production companies in the film industry today.”

Pretty kitty

Good Machine is sitting pretty with Oscar candidate “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” which was released by Sony Pictures Classics.

Founded by Hope and Schamus in 1991, Good Machine has dedicated itself to emerging filmmakers. Linde joined the company in 1997 as co-partner and prexy of Good Machine Intl.

Good Machine has recently completed production on Michel Gondry’s “Human Nature,” written by Charlie Kaufman and starring Patricia Arquette and Tim Robbins; Todd Solondz’s next, still untitled, film for New Line Cinema; and an untitled digital feature from Nicole Holofcener starring Catherine Keener and Brenda Blethyn.

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