Trim and restructured, the Weinstein Co. is either on the verge of a turnaround or a nervous breakdown.
They’ve got fest hit and Oscar contender The King’s Speech coming up, as well as Sundance/Cannes/Toronto entry Blue Valentine, which they are milking for press as they appeal its NC-17 rating, and an Oscar campaign as well for controversial Sundance doc The Tillman Story. Also on deck is John Wells’ feature directorial debut Company Men, starring Ben Affleck, with new installments of Spy Kids 4 and Scream 4 in production.
Not to let momentum go, the company is hiring as president of production an old ally, Donna Gigliotti, a producer who delivered best-picture Oscar-winner Shakespeare in Love, as well as The Reader, which scored a best actress win for Kate Winslet. They know, respect and trust Gigliotti (pictured here in Cannes in 2008).
She’s bringing several movies with her, including I Don’t Know How She Does It, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, which will begin principal photography January 17. Currently filming in the UK is My Week With Marilyn, starring Blue Valentine star Michelle Williams. Gigliotti will produce David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, set to shoot in the second half of 2011. Gigliotti started out her career working for Martin Scorsese and has worked for United Artists, Orion Classics, Miramax, and USA Films. She recently produced James Gray’s Two Lovers and Matt Reeves’ vampire remake, Let Me In.
“Donna’s a great producer who filmmakers love,” stated Harvey Weinstein. “She has impeccable taste but she’s tough-minded and practical, too. I’m looking forward to sharing with her at The Weinstein Company the same kind of success we celebrated together at Miramax.”