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Ortenberg Leaving Weinsteins

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 25, 2009 at 12:22PM

Tom Ortenberg has left the Weinstein Co. eight months after he joined them. The Weinsteins gave the story to Deadline Hollywood Daily.
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Tom Ortenberg has left the Weinstein Co. eight months after he joined them. The Weinsteins gave the story to Deadline Hollywood Daily.

Ortenberg settled a multi-year contract, he told me. He comes off a successful release--surprisingly so--of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. While he wouldn't comment on his departure beyond saying it was amicable, my hunch is: the guy saw nowhere to go but down--TWC is under restructuring, with a recent round of further layoffs, and serious financial duress. Why not go out looking good? UPDATE: Meanwhile the Weinsteins' Precious suit was dealt a setback.

Here's Ortenberg's official statement:

I asked for and was granted a release from my contract with The Weinstein Co. My last day with the company will be September 30th. I want to thank Bob and Harvey for the terrific opportunity they gave me this past year, and I am particularly proud of my collaboration with them and the incomparable Quentin Tarantino on Inglourious Basterds which has truly been one of the highlights of my career. I will have an announcement about my plans in the near future.

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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.