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  • Disney downsizes Miramax Films, Ross ready to rise

    The Mouse House began the overhaul of its film operations Friday with word that it will restructure Miramax Films, consolidating operations and reducing the number of films it releases annually.

    Meanwhile, it's considered a fait accompli that Disney Channels Worldwide prexy Rich Ross will soon be elevated to a role overseeing at least the Disney-branded portion of the Mouse's studio operation.

    With the Miramax downsizing, prexy Daniel Battsek will continue to oversee creative, development, production and business and legal affairs out of New York. Walt Disney Studios will handle most marketing, distribution, operations and administrative support functions from its Burbank headquarters.

    As such, the axe is likely to fall on Miramax staffers next week. The cuts could run deep, with industry insiders suggesting that about 20 staffers will remain from the roughly 80 people now employed across Miramax's offices in Los Angeles and Gotham. Departments expected to be hit hardest are marketing, publicity, distribution and production.

    Evidence of Disney's plans for the unit emerged several weeks ago, when Miramax's former West Hollywood offices were shuttered and staff moved onto the Disney lot. At that time, rumors started to spread that the division would be folded into the main studio.
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    Miramax downsized, Ross will likely be promoted
    Disney restructures film operations - Entertainment News, Business News, Media - Variety
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    Re: Disney downsizes Miramax Films, Ross ready to rise

    End of an era for Miramax's L.A. offices, first on Beverly Blvd. then up on Sunset. They worked on and delivered Oscar-winning Best Pictures and multi-Academy Award winners such as 'The English Patient', 'Shakespeare in Love', 'The Talented Mr. Ripley', 'Cold Mountain', 'Chicago', 'The Queen', 'There Will Be Blood' and 'No Country For Old Men'. It was a huge privilege to work with them on these and so many others.

    It's not exactly a shock to see the news that Disney is downsizing its Miramax specialty division, the division that delivered the studio an Oscar best picture winner with "No Country for Old Men" just 18 months ago. Disney is taking control of Miramax's marketing and distribution divisions, which means that you can expect to see the studio lay off most of Miramax's 80 staffers in the coming days. The specialty division's output is expected to drop from its current six-to-eight film-release slate to at most two or three films a year.
    The worst part of the news is that Disney will be handling the marketing of any upcoming Miramax releases. That's a recipe for disaster, since big studios aren't equipped to put in the grinding amount of labor and energy necessary to release specialty films -- which is why Warner, which no longer has a specialty division, gave up on "Slumdog Millionaire," last year's best picture winner, letting Fox Searchlight release the movie and grab all the glory. Big studios are marketing assembly lines, not boutiques. Disney is great at selling mass-appeal family movies and Jerry Bruckheimer action-adventure thrill rides, but it doesn't have a clue about releasing adult-oriented dramas.
    Disney lowers the boom on Miramax | The Big Picture | Los Angeles Times
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      Re: Disney downsizes Miramax Films, Ross ready to rise

      Good grief. Iger couldn't have made a worse choice for Cook's job. And the fall of Disney continues...

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        Re: Disney downsizes Miramax Films, Ross ready to rise

        I'm not liking the looks of this at all. Not one bit.

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          Re: Disney downsizes Miramax Films, Ross ready to rise

          As per Han Solo "I've got a very bad feeling about this".
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            Re: Disney downsizes Miramax Films, Ross ready to rise

            is it because of the recession, or are there other factors involved?

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              Re: Disney downsizes Miramax Films, Ross ready to rise

              Gee, I guess the quality films that Miramax produces weren't good enough anymore. What a shame...

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                Re: Disney downsizes Miramax Films, Ross ready to rise

                maybe a better script screening process: keeping the good stories and scrapping the bad..

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                  Re: Disney downsizes Miramax Films, Ross ready to rise

                  Originally posted by disneyfan07 View Post
                  is it because of the recession, or are there other factors involved?
                  Other factors. Medical conditions including boneheadnessnes, calcification of the imagination, advanced retrenching, chronic sequelitis and Stockholm Stockholders' Syndrome.


                  Originally posted by disneyfan07 View Post
                  maybe a better script screening process: keeping the good stories and scrapping the bad..
                  Ah, but that would presume the ability to not only give the executives who can tell the good from the bad the authority to exercise their judgment, but (hang on, here's the tricky part) to not fire them!


                  "With the acquisition of Marvel and now of Lucasfilm,
                  Disney may have finally found the grail. You don't need
                  imagination or art. All you need is a brand."

                  - Neil Gabler

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                    Re: Disney downsizes Miramax Films, Ross ready to rise

                    ye gods. The genius who brought us such talent fests as "Hannah Montana" and "Zack and Cody" in charge of feature films.

                    This will not end well.

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                      Re: Disney downsizes Miramax Films, Ross ready to rise

                      The MIramax announcement is the BEST news I have heard in a long time. The BETTER news would be that Disney is shutting it down permanently.
                      Miramax doesn't belong at Disney.
                      It makes very little money: Miramax's BIGGEST grosser of ALL time was Chicago in 2002 and it only made $170 million. Miramax's top ten ONLY has 7 movies that made $100 mil (and at least 2 of them lost money). Compare that with Disney's top ten. Their biggest grosser is Pirates in 2006 and it made $423 mil and NO movie in it's top ten made less than $255 mil.
                      It's too controversial: They have released a number of VERY offensive movies over the years and contributed to the Southern Baptist's 1997 boycott of Disney. I know a number of people will say "who cares", but the Southern Baptist convention has over 16 million members and a boycott by them can't help. Also these types of offensive and
                      controversial movies turn off Disney's core customers (families with young children).
                      The ONLY thing that Miramax brings to the table is Academy Awards. BIG DEAL!! SO WHAT!!
                      Walt Disney himself won a BUNCH of TECHNICAL Oscars and a BUNCH of Oscars for Best Short Subject, Cartoon or Documentary, but he NEVER won a Best Picture Oscar (and was only nominated once).

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                        Re: Disney downsizes Miramax Films, Ross ready to rise

                        Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
                        Other factors. Medical conditions including boneheadnessnes, calcification of the imagination, advanced retrenching, chronic sequelitis and Stockholm Stockholders' Syndrome.
                        :lol:

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