Exec trivia: The Weinstein brothers named their company after their parents, Miriam and Max.
The basics: In partnership with brother Bob, Weinstein’s eye for indie fare with major box-office potential helped grow Miramax from a tiny production/distribution company in 1979 to a critically and financially acclaimed powerhouse that Disney couldn’t resist shelling out $75-million to buy in 1993. Since then, the Weinsteins have become two of the most successful movie producers in Hollywood. Harvey was a driving force behind breakouts of such fare as “The Crying Game,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Il Postino,” as well as helping to guide “Shakespeare in Love” and “The English Patient” to Oscar glory.
Rep: Weinstein has been known to take huge gambles on unknown talent, quirky material and offbeat strategies as the “dealmaking” half of the Weinstein partnership. At the same time, he’s unafraid to take on major filmmakers — his reported battles with Martin Scorcese over “Gangs of New York,” for example.
Company line: “The Walt Disney Company’s keen understanding of the global audience and incredible expertise offers a great platform for many of Miramax’s films.”