October 18, 1954
Flushing, New York, U.S.
(m. 2000; div. 2012)
|Relatives||Harvey Weinstein (brother)|
Robert Weinstein (born October 18, 1954) is an American film producer. He is the founder and head of Dimension Films, former co-chairman of Miramax Films and The Weinstein Company, all of which he co-founded with his brother, Harvey. He has focused on making action and horror films.
Weinstein was born in Flushing, Queens, in New York City. He was raised in an Ashkenazi Jewish family. His parents were Max Weinstein, a diamond cutter, and Miriam (née Postel). He grew up with his older brother, Harvey Weinstein, in a housing co-op named Electchester in New York City. and attended John Bowne High School like his older brother.
Bob, his brother Harvey Weinstein, and Corky Burger independently produced rock concerts as Harvey & Corky Productions in Buffalo through most of the 1970s. Both Weinstein brothers had grown up with a passion for movies, and they nurtured a desire to enter the film industry.
In the late 1970s, using profits from their concert promotion business, the brothers created a small independent film distribution company called Miramax, named after their parents Miriam and Max. The company's first releases were primarily music-oriented concert films, such as Paul McCartney's Rockshow. In the early 1980s, Miramax acquired the rights to two British films of benefit shows filmed for the human rights organization Amnesty International. Working closely with Martin Lewis, the producer of the original films, the Weinstein brothers edited the two films into one movie tailored for the American market. The resulting film, released as The Secret Policeman's Other Ball in May 1982, became Miramax's first hit. The movie raised considerable sums for Amnesty International and was credited by Amnesty with having helped to raise its profile in the US.
The Weinsteins slowly built upon this success throughout the 1980s with arthouse films that achieved critical attention and modest commercial success. Harvey Weinstein and Miramax gained wider attention in 1988 with the release of Errol Morris' documentary The Thin Blue Line, which detailed the struggle of Randall Adams, a wrongfully convicted inmate sentenced to death row. The publicity that soon surrounded the case resulted in Adams' release and nationwide publicity for Miramax. The following year, their successful launch release of Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape propelled Miramax to become the most successful independent studio in America.
Miramax continued to grow its library of films and directors until, in 1993, Disney offered Harvey and Bob $80 million for ownership of Miramax. Agreeing to the deal that would cement their Hollywood clout and ensure that they would remain at the head of their company, Miramax followed the next year with their first blockbuster, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.
1996 brought Miramax's first Academy Award for Best Picture with the victory of The English Patient. This would start a string of critical successes that would include Shakespeare in Love and Good Will Hunting.
On March 29, 2005, it was announced that the Weinstein brothers would leave Miramax on September 30 and would form their own production company, The Weinstein Company. Five years later, in 2010, Disney sold Miramax to the Qatari group Filmyard Holdings, who in turn sold it to another Qatari entity, the beIN Media Group, in 2016.
On December 4, 2017, Bob Weinstein filed a trademark application for Watch This Entertainment. Almost two years later, Weinstein announced his new production company to the world, with a focus on "family films, comedies and upscale adult thrillers", and a first project of an animated feature titled Endangered, with Téa Leoni serving as co-producer and voicing a lead character.
Weinstein has been married and divorced twice. Weinstein married Anne Clayton, a former book editor, in 2000. They lived in a large apartment in The Beresford at 7 West 81st Street on the Upper West Side.
Anne filed for divorce in April 2012, and sought a protective order because she feared "bodily harm". Weinstein issued a statement from Don Sloane, a Washington-based interventionist who denied that Weinstein was a danger to his wife, and who said that Anne was reacting to a family intervention conducted to address her alcoholism. Anne's lawyers denied that their client suffered from any addiction, and said that Sloane's statement was from Weinstein's paid agent, who had never met Anne Weinstein.
In October 2017, he talked about his estranged brother Harvey Weinstein and the allegations of sexual harassment, abuse, and rape against him and said he was "sick and disgusted" by his brother's actions. In the interview, Bob denied knowing about any of the allegations against his brother, but acknowledged that Harvey had a history of extramarital affairs and verbal abuse towards family members.
|The Lemon Sisters||Co-executive producer|
|Strike It Rich|
|Crossing the Line||Co-executive producer|
|1991||A Rage in Harlem|
|The Pope Must Diet!|
|1992||Dust Devil||Co-executive producer|
|Into the West||Co-executive producer|
|1993||Benefit of the Doubt|
|The Night We Never Met|
|The Hour of the Pig|
|Map of the Human Heart|
|Pulp Fiction||Co-executive producer|
|The Englishman who Went up a Hill but Came down a Mountain|
|Blue in the Face|
|Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead|
|A Month by the Lake|
|The Journey of August King|
|The Crossing Guard|
|The English Patient|
|Flirting with Disaster|
|The Crow: City of Angels|
|The Last of the High Kings|
|1997||Addicted to Love|
|She's So Lovely|
|Good Will Hunting|
|The Wings of the Dove|
|Princess Mononoke||English-language version|
|1998||A Price Above Rubies|
|Since You've Been Gone||TV film|
|Halloween H20: 20 Years Later|
|Little Voice||Co-executive producer|
|Talk of Angels|
|B. Monkey||Co-executive producer|
|Playing by Heart|
|Shakespeare in Love|
|She's All That|
|My Life So Far|
|Teaching Mrs. Tingle|
|In Too Deep|
|Music of the Heart|
|The Cider House Rules|
|2000||The Crow: Salvation|
|Down to You|
|Love's Labour's Lost|
|The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring||Film credit only, was not involved in actual film|
|The Shipping News|
|Scary Movie 2|
|Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back|
|The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||Film credit only, was not involved in actual film|
|Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams|
|Waking Up in Reno|
|Confessions of a Dangerous Mind|
|Gangs of New York|
|The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||Film credit only, was not involved in actual film|
|Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over|
|My Boss's Daughter|
|Scary Movie 3|
|The Human Stain|
|Kill Bill: Volume 1|
|Shall We Dance?|
|Kill Bill: Volume 2|
|The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl|
|The Brothers Grimm|
|Scary Movie 4|
|Breaking and Entering|
|School for Scoundrels|
|Who's Your Caddy?|
|The Nanny Diaries|
|Zack and Miri Make a Porno|
|Capitalism: A Love Story|
|The King's Speech|
|Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil|
|Spy Kids: All the Time in the World|
|I Don't Know How She Does It|
|My Week with Marilyn|
|Silver Linings Playbook|
|2013||Escape from Planet Earth|
|Scary Movie 5|
|Lee Daniels' The Butler|
|August: Osage County|
|Sin City: A Dame to Kill For|
|2015||Woman in Gold|
|The Hateful Eight|
|War & Peace|
|47 Meters Down|
|Amityville: The Awakening|
|Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery|
|The Current War|
|Children of the Corn: Runaway|
|Spy Kids: Mission Critical|
Note: In all productions Weinstein has functioned as a co-producer with other producers.