The Weinstein Co., which has an ongoing deal with Netflix, is playing the field, getting into bed with production chief Ted Hope and distribution head Bob Berney at Amazon
Studios to release Michael Fassbender
.” The second high-profile Fassbender movie will hit theaters in December (no exact date as yet) not via Weinstein but its nimble digital subsidiary Radius
-TWC, followed two to three months later by exclusive VOD streaming for Amazon Prime
subscribers, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Radius has shepherded several documentaries through the Oscar race, including back-to-back Oscar-winners “Citizenfour” and “20 Feet From Stardom,” but it’s a surprise that Radius would release “Macbeth.” This suggests that Harvey Weinstein
either lacks confidence in the film’s awards
profile or is trying to release it during the congested awards corridor at less cost. (A December playing time means not having to hold a movie in theaters during the most competitive months.) A substantial payday from deep-pocked Amazon could mean the difference between profit and loss.
All indie distributors are continuing to play around and experiment with release models, and Amazon and Netflix are more and more in the mix.
Meanwhile TWC has lost a key executive, COO David Glasser, who will consult until November.
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