Magazine article Variety

Weinstein Co. Absence Not Felt at Market

Magazine article Variety

Weinstein Co. Absence Not Felt at Market

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KICKING OFF less than a month after bombshell reports accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, this year's AFM is the first in which the Weinstein Co. will play no role - beyond fueling lively discussions of the scandal that brought down the mogul.

Local and foreign sales agents, producers and financiers express elation, disappointment and indifference over TWC's troubles, depending on their experiences working with the 12-year-old company. Many note that TWC's heyday had already appeared to be over by the time the scandal erupted, as the financially struggling company shrank its film slate in the past couple of years to focus on TV and animation.

"The absence of TWC will make almost no difference to AFM. For a few years now, the company has been scaling back as a film producer/seller. It has focused more on TV and on just a handful of prestige film titles for the Oscar race," said Clarence Tang, head of production, sales and acquisition at Hong Kong's Golden Network.

"As a buyer, TWC has not been making acquisitions of Asian movies for many years."

"TWC stopped being an important purveyor of foreign films a long time ago," said Nicolas Brigaud-Robert of Playtime, which reps France's Oscar candidate "BPM (Beats Per Minute)" and Daniel de la Torre's "Gun City." "During the golden years of Miramax, the Weinstein scandal would probably have had consequences on the export of foreign movies, especially those with Oscar potential. …

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