Miramax deal nearing close

New owner Filmyard considers topper candidates

Miramax 3.0 is beginning to take shape as Filmyard Holdings completes its purchase of the company from the Walt Disney Co. Deal is now expected to close within the next month.

On Wednesday night, the Soho House in West Hollywood hosted a private screening of “The Debt,” a Miramax title. Several of those attending the event are part of the new team that will run Miramax.

Filmyard Holdings, which is buying Miramax, also has begun considering candidates for the job of CEO. Two candidates getting the once-over include former News Corp. digital media exec Mike Lang and top MGM television exec Jim Packer.

An insider said that Lang has been helping Filmyard principals, including Ron Tutor and Colony Capital, on the completion of the purchase of Miramax and the transition.

Filmyard isn’t expected to announce who will lead Miramax until the purchase is completed.

Originally, Disney was set to release John Madden’s “The Debt,” toplining Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington, and the Guillermo Del Toro-produced “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” on behalf of Filmyard.

But those plans have changed, with Disney removing the titles from its release calendar two weeks ago.

Once Filmyard takes over Miramax, it could put the films out through another distrib.

“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” toplines Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes and Bailee Madison.