Amidst the harrowing times that the world has seen since the start of 2017, one of the more disturbing issues brought to the attention of the public was the recent Hollywood scandals involving Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company. Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein founded the company in 2005 and immediately achieved massive commercial box office successes and critically acclaiming career accolades, building up their new company’s solid reputation in the industry. After years of success, the two brothers had built reputations as two of the most powerful individuals in the entertainment industry, having been credited for over 300 of the most legendary award-winning pictures and television shows ever created.
Given the recent accusations involving Harvey Weinstein, the reputation of the once-esteemed motion picture production and distribution company has gone down the drain, with rumors of the company being bought out sweeping the media and new law enforcement agencies across the nation stepping forward to move forward with prosecution in regards to the allegations. Throughout the duration of the scandal, numerous other rumors surrounding Bob Weinstein’s own personal accusations, as well as his prior knowledge of his brother’s doings, have been speculated in the major entertainment news sources with the true extent of the investigation still underway.
Despite the focus of the media and the public being more focused on the current accusations that Mr. Harvey Weinstein is facing, as well as his relationship to The Weinstein Company and his business partner and own brother, Bob Weinstein, the past of these two industry powerhouses runs deeper than just the current allegations and press for justice against Weinstein. Here are 15 things you may not have known about Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein:
15. Growing Up
Harvey Weinstein was born in 1952 and is the oldest brother of Bob Weinstein, born two years later in 1954. Their parents, Max and Mariam Weinstein, raised them in Flushing, New York City where they grew up together in a cramped two-bedroom apartment-housing co-op known as Electchester. At the housing facility, Harvey and Bob Weinstein developed their passion for the arts, watching movies on Saturday afternoons together at the local theater. Harvey Weinstein attended John Bowne High School and was accepted into the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he ended up enrolling. Bob Weinstein also briefly attended college, making a brief appearance at the State University of New York at Fredonia before dropping out to join his brother in producing music concerts, eventually moving into their signature trade of film production.
14. Harvey Weinstein Has Received Both Oscars And Emmy Nominations
Harvey Weinstein is one of the most awarded, most honored individuals in the industry. Throughout his years as an executive producer on some of the most highly-regarded productions in motion picture and television, it is no surprise that Harvey Weinstein has achieved some of the most prestigious honors one can receive in the industry, despite his handle in the current allegations. Having achieved a fair share of Primetime Emmy Award nominations, British Academy of Film and Television Awards and award nomination, and even Oscar Awards, Harvey Weinstein was once one of the most celebrated individuals. Harvey Weinstein has also received numerous other international awards, honors, and recognition, including a British Independent Film Award, Hugo Award, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Award, and additional PGA Awards and award nominations.
13. Current Net Worth
Harvey and Bob Weinstein have worked on some of the most recognized films such as Shakespeare in Love and other tremendously-applauded motion pictures, in addition to hit television productions such as Project Runway. As a result, the two have worked their way up the economic food chain to acquire quite the fortune, amassing one of the larger net worths among industry producers. Prior to the shocking revelations brought forth about Harvey Weinstein, his net worth was listed as about $150 million, with his brother amounting to similar worth given his equal share in The Weinstein Company. Recent analysis estimates that after Harvey Weinstein’s expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, his brother, Bob, has amassed significantly more wealth as the new and only current CEO of The Weinstein Company.
12. Harvey’s Past, Future Projects
Harvey Weinstein was set to have his name marked on other released features and television shows prior to his tarnished reputation and firing from The Weinstein Company, with upcoming movies including an Untitled Manson Family Project. The production that is being directed and written by Quentin Tarantino, is rumored to star Margot Robbie, and is additionally based on the Manson family murders. According to IMDb pro, the project has been in development since July 12th, 2017, right before the accusations began. Harvey Weinstein was also set to produce the upcoming documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 from writer and director Michael Moore, the upcoming Dimension Films horror production, Polaroid, an untitled David O. Russell crime series produced by Annapurna Television, and additionally upcoming episodes of the mini-series The Reaper, which will be broadcast by the NBC Universal Television network.
11. They Named Miramax After Their Parents
Prior to founding the exceedingly-successful motion picture and television production and distribution company, The Weinstein Company, Harvey and Bob Weinstein first had their hand at founding the also-successful Miramax. Miramax has been responsible for producing and distributing some truly magnificent films to grace the screen over its years of influence in the industry–from Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting, to No Country For Old Men to Gangs of New York–and is currently still in the works producing and planning distribution for highly-anticipated feature releases, including the 2018 release of Halloween. While this major industry organization is renowned for its success, one of the lesser-known facts about Miramax is the significance of the company’s name. When first founded, Harvey and Bob Weinstein named the company after their parents, Max and Miriam.
10. Not The First Trouble For Harvey
In 2015 Harvey Weinstein was accused by Italian model Ambra Battilana for having groped her, and posting a series of tweets about the account. It was later discovered that the next day after she had allegedly been groped, the New York Police Department was ready to arrest Harvey Weinstein, having recorded an early meeting between Weinstein and the esteemed model Battilana, even following the two as they headed towards a hotel room. The then-22-year-old Battilana, rumored to have been in on the undercover operation, was too nervous to proceed and ended up returning to a restaurant that the two had previously been at. Even though the NYPD had an audiotape of Weinstein admitting to the incident, no charges were ever filed by Ambra Battilana.
9. Association To The British Film Institute Fellowship
In recognition of their vast and celebrated contributions to motion picture and television, Bob and Harvey Weinstein have both been awarded the highly-esteemed British Film Institute (BFI) Fellowship and, as a result, got to join the ranks of some of the highly-regarded filmmakers that had also received the honor since the awards were first given out in 1983. Among some of the more notable recipients of this distinguished honor are Tim Burton, Danny Boyle, Sir Michael Caine CBE, Cate Blanchett, and David Cronenberg. While Harvey Weinstein has currently been stripped of his acclaiming achievement that was awarded to him in 2002 by the elite BFI Fellowship, Bob Weinstein is still a well-regarded and famed “Fellow” of the prestigious institution and still holds the title.
8. Harvey’s Previously-Held Reputation
Taking into consideration the numerous recent allegations that Harvey Weinstein is facing and additionally given his controversial history as one of the more hot-tempered and dogmatic former power players of the Hollywood industry, it may come as a surprise that Harvey Weinstein has managed to make some good impressions on his fellow industry peers, as well as some other high-profile political figures. Harvey Weinstein was once called one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine, which described him as belonging to an elite club of producers for his 25 years bringing “disparate films” to the industry. Former First Lady Michelle Obama further referred to Harvey Weinstein as a “wonderful human being” and “a good friend,” something that has surely changed since she was last quoted.
7. Harvey Weinstein’s Nicknames
Although the nicknames for this movie mongrel seem to pertain only to the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, he was once known by many as one of the most talented but opinionated individuals in the business, accruing various nicknames that represented his notorious industry influence and authority. At the 2012 Golden Globes, acclaimed Oscar Award-winning actress Meryl Streep, known for her roles in such high-profile productions as The Devil Wears Prada and Out of Africa, once referred to the movie executive as a “god.” Madonna, one of the most notable music industry performers who has achieved massive global success additionally referred to him as “The Punisher.” Moreover, one of the more notable nicknames of Harvey Weinstein was Harvey Scissorhands, which he garnered as a result of his reputation for causing unnecessary reshoots and edits that some believed led to a lower-quality production.
6. Bob Weinstein’s Various Awards
While his brother seemingly went on to receive far more awards throughout his career on top of the motion picture industry, Bob Weinstein also collected a significant number of coveted career-defining awards, including 15 Primetime Emmy Award nominations–a truly incredible amount of nominations–for his work on the highly-acclaimed Lifetime Network reality-drama series, Project Runway. Bob Weinstein additionally went on to achieved various other recognition for his plights in the industry, including a Hollywood Capri Award for Producer of the Year for his work on Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight, a coveted PGA Milestone Award, a Western Heritage Award, and a British Academy of Film and Television Award for Excellence in Film.
5. Most Acclaiming Works Of Bob And Harvey Weinstein
Bob and Harvey Weinstein have played roles in the production and distribution of works by some of the most influential directors and filmmakers of all time, most notably their relationship with industry legend Quentin Tarantino. Forming an early relationship with a young Tarantino, The Weinstein Company brothers oversaw the distribution of the venerated visionary’s first major work, Reservoir Dogs. Going on to work with Tarantino on his numerous other motion picture productions, including Pulp Fiction, the Kill Bill Volumes, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, and others, Harvey Weinstein gained distinct reputability for his work on Gangs of New York and Shakespeare in Love, while Bob Weinstein is most specifically renowned for his work on Peter Jackson’s Oscar Award-winning trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.
4. Bob Weinstein’s Dimension Films
Despite Harvey Weinstein stealing the headlines for the majority of the brothers’ careers together, Bob Weinstein has made some personal achievements in the industry, including founding the globally-successful production and distribution label, Dimension Films. Dimension Films has been previously owned by both The Weinstein Company and Walt Disney Motion Pictures and has raked in substantial profits throughout its history after the production of box office successes like Scream, Spy Kids, and Scary Movie. With recent thrills such as the Mandy Moore ocean thriller 47 Meters Down and the horror movie Amityville: The Awakening, the company is still making its mark in motion picture and television and is even set to produce and distribute the upcoming Mark Wahlberg production, The Six Billion Dollar Man, still in script development.
3. Other Historical Harvey Headlines
Harvey Weinstein has amassed a deplorable reputation for his tempered explosions and, most recently, allegations surrounding his history with women in the industry. Harvey previously put a New York Observer reporter in a headlock while throwing him out of a party and, on another occasion, attacked the award-winning theatre and film director Julie Taymor after disagreeing over a screening of her movie Frida. Harvey reportedly screamed at Taymor that she was the most arrogant person he had ever met, even going further to yell at Taymor’s partner, renowned film composer Elliot Goldenthal. In his fit of rage, he additionally screamed at Goldenthal that he didn’t like the look on his face. He proceeded to threaten Goldenthal asking, “Why don’t you defend your wife, so I can beat the sh*t out of you?”
2. The Brothers Founded A Concert Promotion Company Before Producing Movies
After attending the Buffalo College Campus of the State University of New York, which awarded him the honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2000, Harvey Weinstein founded a concert promotion company with his friend, Corky Burger. Appropriately naming the promotional company Harvey & Corky Presents, Harvey Weinstein had eventually dropped out of school by 1973 with the ultimate goal of putting on concerts. Soon, he had bought and was in charge of running an old 2,000-seat Theater in Buffalo, where he aired concert films. Weinstein persisted with his concert promoting business until 1979, when he sold his share of the Harvey & Corky Presents which he personally co-founded. After his minimal success with the concert show business, Harvey Weinstein decided that he now wanted to produce movies and went on to found the elite Miramax with Bob Weinstein.
1. Bob Weinstein’s Wife Divorced Him Out Of Fear Of Being Harmed
The two were married in 2000 when, in 2012, Annie Weinstein, former wife of Bob Weinstein, filed for divorce out of fear of “bodily harm.” Throughout the incident, Bob Weinstein released a statement from a supposed interventionist, saying that his wife was making the claims against Bob Weinstein due to him trying to get her to deal with her alcoholism. The claims went on to state that Annie’s family carried out the intervention, including her sister, brother-in-law, and Sara Bob Weinstein’s daughter from his first marriage, and also supposedly hosted additional health professionals and Bob Weinstein himself. Annie’s lawyers attacked the interventionist who issued the statement, Don Sloane, stating that he had no working knowledge of the mental state of Annie and was instead only a paid agent of Mr. Weinstein.