THR's Women in Entertainment 2011: Power 100
If she's experiencing any deja-vu, that's because Gigliotti has been there and done that before. In the '90s, she spent three years as executive vp of Miramax Films before going on to a producing career that saw her sharing the best picture Oscar for 1998's Shakespeare in Love; in October 2010, she rejoined Harvey and Bob Weinstein at their new company, where she now heads production. "The Weinsteins make a particular kind of film, and their taste and my taste really do line up perfectly," she says.
Plus, Harvey Weinstein threw in a sweetener, a promise that in addition to her exec duties, she could produce two films a year. "It's what I keep calling the Robert Evans deal, because as far as I know Robert Evans is the only other guy who ever had that deal," she says.
Wearing her producer hat, she oversaw the Sarah Jessica Parker comedy I Don't Know How She Does It, which was ignored at the box office, taking in less than $10 million domestically. Saying "it got maybe the best test scores I've ever seen," Gigliotti, 56, can explain its reception only by the fact that it opened on the same weekend when many of the multitasking moms at whom it was aimed were taking their kids to The Lion King 3D.
Back in her executive mode, she spent time in the editing room with Madonna, refining the final cut of W.E. after its shaky debut in Venice. "She's got the goods as a director and was very receptive to suggestions," Gigliotti insists. And then she headed to Philadelphia to produce David O. Russell's The Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
Doing double duty is easier said than done, she realizes. "Honestly, it's a little trickier than I thought," she admits. "I've been running production meetings out of a trailer on the set, I don't know how."
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