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Ortenberg Leaving Weinsteins

Ortenberg Leaving Weinsteins

Thompson on Hollywood

Tom Ortenberg has left the Weinstein Co. eight months after he joined them. The Weinsteins gave the story to Deadline Hollywood Daily.

Ortenberg settled a multi-year contract, he told me. He comes off a successful release–surprisingly so–of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. While he wouldn’t comment on his departure beyond saying it was amicable, my hunch is: the guy saw nowhere to go but down–TWC is under restructuring, with a recent round of further layoffs, and serious financial duress. Why not go out looking good? UPDATE: Meanwhile the Weinsteins’ Precious suit was dealt a setback.

Here’s Ortenberg’s official statement:

I asked for and was granted a release from my contract with The Weinstein Co. My last day with the company will be September 30th. I want to thank Bob and Harvey for the terrific opportunity they gave me this past year, and I am particularly proud of my collaboration with them and the incomparable Quentin Tarantino on Inglourious Basterds which has truly been one of the highlights of my career. I will have an announcement about my plans in the near future.

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Comments

Alan Green

they did market it to death. you couldn’t hardly hit any website (movie related or otherwise) w/o seeing that animated ad with brad pitt. it was carpet bombing marketing

Anne Thompson

based on how IB played at cannes, i thought it was a long cinephile fantasy. i quite liked it–especially the revised standard version. but i expected it to top out at $50 million. I was wrong! it had much wider appeal. also twc and ortenberg marketed the hell out of it.

Alan Green

i cannot understand why you thought inglorious would do modest (or worse) business

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