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The Influence

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."

Biggest Success

"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.'"

Biggest Disappointment

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."

Biggest Challenge

"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.

What's Next

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."

The Survey
My Biggest Career Break...
Going to work at Magnolia when we were 5 guys working in a 2 room "office". Then Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner began putting together their entertainment companies and before long, we had started a successful home video operation from scratch, were working alongside 2 production companies and a TV network, and my business affairs responsibilities included Landmark Theaters. It felt like I was learning something new every day.
Best Filmmaker Working Today...
Errol Morris, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Quentin Tarantino. I will watch ANYTHING that they create.
A Guilty Pleasure Movie...
Pick any title from Tom Cruise's IMDB page.
My First Job...
When I was living in LA in the mid‑90's and trying to figure out how the business works, I had several jobs‑ usually at thesame time‑including: production assistant/co-ordinator on commercials, music videos (remember those?), and an occasional film or two; and a floating assistant at management company Addis‑Wechsler.
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The Survey
My Biggest Career Break...
...playing softball for the Samuel Goldwyn Company team in LA. The team's manager and Company Bookkeeper, Laurie Halfpenny, loved the way I hustled in the outfield and thought I'd make a great Assistant for Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Becoming Sam's assistant was my 2nd industry job and set me on a path out of publicity and into acquisitions.
Best Filmmaker Working Today...
An unfair question, but if I must answer it's clearly the directors of our next 2 RADiUS launches: Nicolas Winding Refn (ONLY GOD FORGIVES, opening July 19th) and Morgan Neville (20 FEET FROM STARDOM opening June 14th). In all seriousness though, both of these filmmakers have such an incredible body of work, but even more impressive is their tireless commitment to the distribution of their films. I'm thankful everyday we get to spend time with artists like this. It makes it all worthwhile.
A Guilty Pleasure Movie...
THE BOURNE and TOY STORY trilogies. I can watch them over and over and over. Neither gets old.
My First Job...
...picking cucumbers in North Carolina. I was 12 and it was the only legit work I could get besides cutting grass or a paper route. Worst paying job I ever had besides working in independent film distribution. My first real film job was doing film publicity at DDA working on movies like BREAKING THE WAVES (one of my favorite films to this day), SECRETS AND LIES, LOST HIGHWAY... an amazing intro to specialized film distribution. Meeting and working for folks like Bingham Ray became a real inspiration for me.
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