Exodus at Weinstein Co.

Five top execs have left or are soon to leave

With little fanfare, several of the Weinstein Co.'s top founding film executives are departing the company with no imminent replacements for their positions.

Executive vps/co-heads of acquisitions and production Michelle Krumm and Maeva Gatineau quietly left the indie distributor three weeks ago. Production president Michael Cole and senior vp production Carla Gardini will be following suit in the next few weeks. Exec vp marketing Gary Faber is expected to depart by year's end.

In short, TWC will momentarily find itself without heads of production and acquisitions. The company said it is planning to replace them.

The moves come as the company gears up for the awards season, with hopefuls that include "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "The Reader."

"In all businesses there are always comings and goings," Harvey Weinstein said, adding that the company has been "fortunate to have Lance Still, David Glasser and Lee Solomon join the company replacing key execs. We're always looking for great talent and new people to work with who end up teaching me all of the time."

Executive vp home entertainment Barry Gordon and senior vp acquisitions and business and legal affairs Michael Podell Steinberg are temporarily assuming the responsibilities of Krumm and Gatineau. The departed execs left at the end of their three-year contracts after more than 11 years working for Bob and Harvey Weinstein, beginning at Miramax.

The pair (who left with no follow-up jobs in place) were recently offered contract renewals but declined to re-up. Cole said his decision to leave was influenced by the death of two friends from cancer this year; he plans to take a year off on a surfing trip.

Weinstein had only praise for the execs who are exiting. "Michelle, Maeva, Carla and Michael have been incredible assets who have all contributed to our success at both Miramax and the Weinstein Co. Maeva and Michelle worked with us for over 11 years, and Michael and Carla for eight. They are integral members of our team and more than that have become friends. We will miss their impeccable taste and their strong work ethic and wish them the best."

The Weinstein Co. still has several top film execs in place, including executive vp physical production and postproduction Tim Clawson and senior vps production and development Kelly Carmichael, Eric Robinson and Renee Witt.

After the departure of international distribution head Glen Basner this summer, the company did score a coup by nabbing former Yari Film Group exec Glasser to replace him, shoring up international, one of the Weinstein Co.'s steadiest sources of revenue. (partialdiff)
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