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Old 01-05-11, 02:03 AM
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Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

And before we get to the title announcement news, here's the big story today: Starz has sold a 25% equity stake in Starz Media to The Weinstein Company, in exchange for which Weinstein and Starz' Anchor Bay have entered into a multi-year agreement to for DVD, Blu-ray and digital distribution of Weinstein catalog films. This will include up to 20 Weinstein and Dimension titles per year, including new films like The King's Speech, Blue Valentine and Company Men. Other films to be released include Sarah's Key, the Scream, Spy Kids and Scary Movie franchises, and new installments of the Halloween, Hellraiser and Children of the Corn series, among other titles. Very good news indeed!
http://www.thedigitalbits.com/#mytwocents

The digital bits is reporting that The Weinstein's have purchased 25 percent stake in Starz media. based on what is being reported it is sounding like we will be seeing domestic bluray releases of Halloween 6, H20 and Hallowen resurection. Not to mention the scream and scary movie series being released by Anchor Bay.

This is awesome news especially in regards to the Halloween films.
People have been saying for years they would love to see the dimension halloween titles distributed by anchor bay, based on the love that they have shown Halloween, and Halloween 4 & 5.
Old 01-05-11, 02:10 AM
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Re: Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

That's awesome news. Now Anchor Bay needs to release the rest of the Halloweens on BD. Universal still owns the rights to 2 and 3 though.
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Re: Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

Don't the Weinstein's also own the Miramax brand again?
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Re: Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

I would love for me a Halloween Box from Anchor Bay with all the movies they have access to now AND the extras they left out of there original Blu-Ray of Halloween (with the TV version & Original version on 1 disc) plus the 25 Years of Terror documentary.

Now we can also get a almost complete Hellraiser box set also
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Re: Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

Originally Posted by Boba Fett View Post
Don't the Weinstein's also own the Miramax brand again?
No someone else owns it but has a distrubution deal with the Weinsteins.
Old 01-05-11, 02:27 AM
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Re: Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

Originally Posted by DarthVong View Post
That's awesome news. Now Anchor Bay needs to release the rest of the Halloweens on BD. Universal still owns the rights to 2 and 3 though.
Now that anchor bay will be distributing the dimension Halloween sequels as well as the original and parts 4 and 5 they would be wise to try and strike some sort of licenseing deal with universal to distribute halloween 2 and 3 on bd and dvd as well.

Originally Posted by JJE-187 View Post
I would love for me a Halloween Box from Anchor Bay with all the movies they have access to now AND the extras they left out of there original Blu-Ray of Halloween (with the TV version & Original version on 1 disc) plus the 25 Years of Terror documentary.

Now we can also get a almost complete Hellraiser box set also
seeing how quite a few paramount releases lately have been licensed out to Lionsgate, perhaps they could license Hellraiser 3 out to anchorbay for its bd release.
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Re: Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

Originally Posted by AmityBoatTours View Post
Now that anchor bay will be distributing the dimension Halloween sequels
This deal doesn't include Halloween 6, H20, or Resurrection...or anything produced while the Dimension banner was under Miramax.

Other titles include the Kristin Scott Thomas drama Sarah’s Key, upcoming sequels in the successful Scream, Spy Kids, and Scary Movie franchises, and new installments in the Hellraiser, Halloween, and Children of the Corn film series.
That's directly from the press release.
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Originally Posted by AmityBoatTours View Post
Now that anchor bay will be distributing the dimension Halloween sequels as well as the original and parts 4 and 5 they would be wise to try and strike some sort of licenseing deal with universal to distribute halloween 2 and 3 on bd and dvd as well.
Odd that Universal would cling to Season of the Witch considering it hardly falls in line with the rest of the franchise and isn't even a good movie.
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Originally Posted by Adam Tyner View Post
This deal doesn't include Halloween 6, H20, or Resurrection...or anything produced while the Dimension banner was under Miramax.



That's directly from the press release.
Anchor Bay have entered into a multi-year agreement to for DVD, Blu-ray and digital distribution of Weinstein catalog films.

Doesn't that actually include those films??
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Per Wikipedia:
"All films released by Dimension Films prior to October 1, 2005, remain the property of Miramax Films."

That means this deal would NOT include the already released Halloween and Hellraiser sequels
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Re: Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

As a home video watcher, my first thought was "oh great, more opening production logos"...
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Re: Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

TWC are distributing ALL of the Miramax/Dimension catalog as mentioned two weeks ago.

THEREFORE Anchor Bay will now be the distributor for TWC/Miramax/Dimension titles.

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Re: Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

Wasn't Sony/Vivendi distributing TWC films? Im really confused now.
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Re: Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

Originally Posted by GizmoDVD View Post
Wasn't Sony/Vivendi distributing TWC films? Im really confused now.
Originally Posted by Deadline Hollywood
DVD distribution has been a conundrum for the Weinsteins, who once took a majority stake in distributor Genius Products and released through that company until they divested last year. The Sony deal is envisioned as long-term, but it is being meted out in packages of 9 to 10 films. True, the titles in the first group of films didn't burn up the box office. The 1st batch consists of Nine, the underperforming Rob Marshall-directed musical, A Single Man, The Road, Youth in Revolt, Halloween, Piranha 3-D, Nowhere Boy, Hoodwinked 2, and Blue Valentine, the latter that Ryan Gosling-Michelle Williams drama acquired by TWC last month at Sundance. The 2nd package of 10 films will encompass the next batch of TWC releases.
Then we look at the new press release:
Originally Posted by Deadline Hollywood
The home/digital entertainment deal, which does not include television rights but spans Blu-ray™, DVD and EST/VOD/PPV electronic/digital distribution, covers up to 20 TWC and Dimension titles per year including the seven-time Golden Globe-nominated Tom Hooper drama The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter; Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine, starring Golden Globe nominees Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling; and John Wells’ feature directorial debut Company Men, starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner and Chris Cooper. Other titles include the Kristin Scott Thomas drama Sarah’s Key, upcoming sequels in the successful Scream, Spy Kids, and Scary Movie franchises, and new installments in the Hellraiser, Halloween, and Children of the Corn film series.
So there's some overlap (i.e. Blue Valentine).

I'm curious to how long Sony gets to hold onto the rights from those select few TWC titles they released.

Vivendi's deal, who knows how that went down and how long of a deal they agreed too. Maybe with Anchor Bay at the helm we will get a Grindhouse release with uncompressed audio.

I'm curious to see how the Starz/Anchor Bay relationship goes. Starz has slowly been catching up to Showtime and HBO to be that dominant player, especially now as they own their own home media distribution (Anchor Bay), their own theatrical distribution (Overture and Anchor Bay), and VOD (their partnership with Netflix).
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This whole thing is so stupidly convoluted.
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Re: Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

Originally Posted by DarthVong View Post
Anchor Bay have entered into a multi-year agreement to for DVD, Blu-ray and digital distribution of Weinstein catalog films.

Doesn't that actually include those films??
No, because those aren't The Weinstein Company-era catalog titles.
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Re: Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

Originally Posted by Adam Tyner View Post
No, because those aren't The Weinstein Company-era catalog titles.
Oh geez.
Originally Posted by Miramax's Press Release
Miramax and TWC have also agreed to develop new, special edition materials for Blu-ray releases, such as roundtables featuring cast and directors.
It's just not TWC's home distribution that is wacky, look at what films weren't theatrically released by them either, but instead in a deal done with MGM:

Lucky Number Slevin
Clerks II
School for Scoundrels
Stormbreaker
Killshot
Breaking and Entering
Black Christmas
Bobby
Factory Girl
Miss Potter
Arthur and the Invisibles
Hannibal Rising
The Ex
1408
Who's Your Caddy?
The Nanny Diaries
Halloween
The Mist
Crossing Over
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

The Forbidden Kingdom saw its theatrical release through Lionsgate rather than TWC. MGM purchased the rights off Igor from TWC thinking they had a hit on their hands. The director of All Good Things purchased the rights after the Weinsteins did nothing with the film and sold them to Magnolia. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane still sits in distribution limbo.
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Oh geez.
Sorry, that deal kept going around and around and around and around so much that I forgot who wound up with the Miramax library.
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Re: Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

Something not answered yet: How does the Weinstein Company have money to buy anything right now? I thought they were dead broke?
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Something not answered yet: How does the Weinstein Company have money to buy anything right now? I thought they were dead broke?
This
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This
That.
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Originally Posted by GizmoDVD View Post
That.
& The Other Thing,

Spoiler:
somone had to do it
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Originally Posted by rfduncan View Post
Odd that Universal would cling to Season of the Witch considering it hardly falls in line with the rest of the franchise and isn't even a good movie.
Too each his own.
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Re: Weinstein Company buys 25 percent stake in Starz media

so, I could possible get some more Halloween on blu?

If anchor bay has their hand in it, then maybe (althought unlikely), we'll finally get a legit release of the H6 Producer's cut?
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Halloween 6 producers cut and Suspiria (assuming the Weinstein's still have the rights) please.

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