Facts about Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein Biography
Movie producer Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob have their place in the history of cinema as the founders of Miramax Studios, the Hollywood outsiders who made some of the biggest hits of the 1980s and ’90s.
Weinstein became a powerful figure in the movie business, up until he was fired from his own company in 2017 amid allegations of sexual harassment and rape.
He got his start in as a concert promoter in Buffalo, New York, but soon Miramax, founded in 1979, got into the movie business. Their first modest hit was a concert movie, The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball (1982).
By the late 1980s, Miramax had started having genuine box office and critical success with new filmmakers such as Errol Morris and Steven Soderbergh (Thin Blue Line and Sex, Lies and Videotape).
Weinstein helped guide the early careers of Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, and the studio put out several hits in the 1990s, including Pulp Fiction (1994), Emma (1996), Scream (1996), The English Patient (1996) and Shakespeare in Love (1998, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, and Weinstein’s first Oscar).
Disney bought Miramax and the Weinstein brothers stayed on for a decade, but left in 2005 and formed The Weinstein Company. They went on to make movies with equal success, including The King’s Speech (2010), The Artist (2011), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (2015).
The face of The Weinstein Company, Harvey had a reputation as a hard-driving businessman, famous for taking risks with movies but also famous for cutting them to meet his own criteria.
In 2017, he was accused of aggressive sexual harassment and rape that was depicted as a career-long pattern and an “open secret” in Hollywood. Weinstein denied the charges, while also pledging to “learn about myself and conquer my demons.”
The Weinstein Company fired Harvey Weinstein in the midst of the accusations, in October of 2017.