His forcefulness was a boon for independent and foreign films that lacked bankable names.He would be their star, their champion, deploying a brassy, fearless persona to conduct cutthroat negotiations and impassioned publicity campaigns.By the time “Pulp Fiction” exploded a few years later, Miramax had expanded its work into development and production, and its logo symbolized the vanguard of edgy, independent cinema. In 1993, Washington arts patron Kay Kendall met Weinstein at the home of the novelist William Styron on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.She told the producer — fresh off a sensational marketing campaign for “The Crying Game” — that her 23-year-old daughter Katherine was an aspiring actress. Within a week, Katherine Kendall had a meeting at Weinstein’s New York office.She remembered some unwritten rules of the Buffalo music scene in the early ’80s. Don’t put two car ads in the same segment,” she said this past week.“And, if you’re a young woman, don’t be alone with Harvey Weinstein.” [The growing list of women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct] His job then wasn’t to make movies but to discover them and get them into theaters.
He had a “funny, whiny” voice, and was often bullied, according to former classmates, but he was persistent, sure of himself, an operator.“Playing for Keeps” flopped with critics, but Miramax rebounded by seeking out promising projects, buying their rights and packaging them as must-sees for the masses.Miramax distributed the debut features of Steven Soderbergh in 1989 and Quentin Tarantino in 1992.Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Mayer, he was.” Harvey Weinstein has demonstrated his power and influence at the Academy Awards for decades.Weinstein believes that all of those relationships were consensual,” she said in an email. In the wake of sexual harassment and assault allegations against him spanning 30 years, the Oscars provide a lens into how Weinstein cultivated such strength in Hollywood.