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Disney's Iger Meets with Weinstein, Gets Cash Offer

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 12, 2010 at 7:42AM

It would be great to see Disney chairman Robert Iger--the subject of a recent lionizing profile in the NYT--do the right thing where Miramax is concerned.
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Thompson on Hollywood

It would be great to see Disney chairman Robert Iger--the subject of a recent lionizing profile in the NYT--do the right thing where Miramax is concerned.

That would mean selling the subsidiary back to the brothers who created it. Iger took over the Disney reins from Michael Eisner the same day, October 1, 2005, that the Weinstein brothers left the company. According to The Wrap, Iger met over the weekend at Iger's home with Harvey Weinstein and a rep from their backer Ron Burkle and extracted a $600-million cash offer competitive with the one offered by the Gores brothers.

If the Weinsteins nail down this deal, it would be another piece of good news for Harvey, who is expecting a baby with wife Georgina Chapman.

[Photo of Disney's Robert Iger courtesy of the New York Times.]

This article is related to: Independents, Studios, Players, Weinsteins, Disney


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.