HarperCollins, Harvey pair up

Autobiography to touch on mini-major's rise

HarperCollins has acquired North American and U.K. publishing rights to the upcoming, untitled memoir by Harvey Weinstein that will take an intimate look at the evolution of Miramax Films from a specialty label into a major studio competitor.

Giving the Miramax honcho the opportunity to tell his own story in print after this year’s bruising portrait of him in Peter Biskind’s “Down and Dirty Pictures,” Weinstein’s still unfinished autobiography will trace the lives of the author and his brother and co-chairman Bob Weinstein from their humble roots in Queens, N.Y., through their founding of Miramax and the company’s turbulent history.

“I am so pleased that HarperCollins will be working with Harvey Weinstein on this book — the poignant, exciting, funny and brilliant story of two brothers who turned their dream into a legend,” said HarperCollins president-CEO Jane Friedman.

HarperCollins will publish the memoir in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India in 2006. The book will be edited by the publisher’s executive editor, David Hirshey.

“We are very grateful for the chance to have built a business based on our passion: the world of movies,” Weinstein said. “Working with Jane, David and the entire HarperCollins team on this book offers a great opportunity to share many of the lessons I’ve learned about the business world and the entertainment industry over the past 25 years.”

Weinstein will donate all profits from the book to three charities with which he has frequently been active in the past: The Robin Hood Foundation, Paul Newman’s Hole-in-the-Wall-Gang Camp and Amfar (American Foundation for AIDS Research).