Daily Archives: January 31, 2011

John Gapper

David Carr’s column on the return of Harvey Weinstein makes the case that the king of the US independent film industry is back in business with The King’s Speech and other films, despite The Weinstein Company having run through $1.2bn in financing.

Yes, his company is a shell of its former self and his partners are out a lot of money, but there is something to be said for relentlessness, a refusal to acknowledge that you are finished, and the will to just keep hacking away no matter what.

It is a nice tribute to a man who has a reputation for being overbearing and despotic in his constant quest for the next breakout independent film. But it does suggest that the business lives by something other than investor returns. Read more