Ortenberg Leaving Weinsteins

by Anne Thompson
September 25, 2009 12:22 PM
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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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  • Alan Green | September 26, 2009 3:50 AMReply

    they did market it to death. you couldn't hardly hit any website (movie related or otherwise) w/o seeing that animated ad with brad pitt. it was carpet bombing marketing

  • Anne Thompson | September 26, 2009 2:39 AMReply

    based on how IB played at cannes, i thought it was a long cinephile fantasy. i quite liked it--especially the revised standard version. but i expected it to top out at $50 million. I was wrong! it had much wider appeal. also twc and ortenberg marketed the hell out of it.

  • Alan Green | September 26, 2009 1:23 AMReply

    i cannot understand why you thought inglorious would do modest (or worse) business

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