When Tom Quinn and Jason Janego were hired by Harvey and Bob Weinstein to start RADiUS-TWC just under two years ago, it served as a collective knowledge base of the multi-platform releasing industry. Bringing with them extensive resumes that collectively included October Films, Samuel Goldwyn, Magnolia, Landmark and NBC, the pair quickly worked to establish the company as a force to be reckoned with.
Having worked together previously at Magnolia Films, Quinn "cooked up the idea of getting the band back together" when Weinstein approached him with the idea of starting RADiUS. Their first release – last summer’s "Bachelorette" – earned over $8 million on VOD to become the highest-grossing pre-or simultaneous release on-demand title to date. Last month they took Nicolas Winding Refn’s "Only God Forgives" (which they bought back in March 2012) into Cannes’ official competition.
"We went to Sundance, Cannes, Toronto and we feel like we were coming out of each of these festivals with exactly the movies we wanted," Quinn said. "We built this company from the ground up with the help of Bob and Harvey and we are really hitting our stride."
"If I had to put something at the top, it’s Tom and I being at Cannes with 'Only God Forgives' and having our significant others with us walking up those steps at the red carpet," Janego said. "It was that moment when you’re like, 'This is it.'"
Not nabbing "Spring Breakers." "We don’t lose a lot of movies, and thank god," Quinn said. "But one of those times was losing 'Spring Breakers.' This was well before the film was even finished. Losing that film was tough. Love that movie."
"Every movie is a challenge," Janego said. "Every month something new comes up that makes it a little harder. How can we continue to stay ahead of the game?" But that challenge is part of why they do it. "If it was easy, everybody would be doing it," he added.
Upcoming are "Lovelace," "Cutie and the Boxer" and “Concussion," while "Twenty Feet From Stardom" – the company’s first theatrically driven release -- just came out. "This year is about extending what’s possible," Quinn said. “I’m hoping to get some posters hung on my wall,” Janego added. "It’s been two years, but it still looks like I moved in last week."