Scream Factory Presents ‘Friday the 13th’ Blu-ray Boxed Set Oct. 13

To mark the 40th anniversary of the original “Friday the 13th” film, Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, will release The Friday the 13th Collection Deluxe Edition Oct. 13. The 16-disc Blu-ray set will include all 12 franchise films released by Paramount Pictures and New Line Cinema.

It also includes new and existing extras, a new collectible rigid slipcover with newly-commissioned art, a new 40-pg collectible essay booklet with archival still photography, and new 4K film transfers for the first four movies, with part three in its original 3D presentation. Additionally, each film comes with a dedicated Blu-ra case featuring original theatrical artwork.

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The 12 films included in the set are Friday the 13th (1980), Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982), Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985), Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2001), Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and the 2009 Friday the 13th remake.

The new boxed set is limited to a run of 13,000 copies. For a limited time, fans who buy the collection through can receive an exclusive 36×24-inch lithograph featuring new artwork from artist Devon Whitehead, and an exclusive 24×36-inch 40th Anniversary poster featuring new artwork from artist Joel Robinson.

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Among the features of each movie are:

Friday the 13th (two discs):

  • New 4K scan of the original camera negative (theatrical cut and unrated cut);
  • Audio Commentary by director Sean S. Cunningham, screenwriter Victor Miller and more (unrated cut);
  • “Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the 13th”;
  • “The Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham”;
  • A Friday the 13th Reunion;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 1”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • U.S. Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • U.K. Radio Spot (New to the Set);
  • U. S. Theatrical Trailer;
  • International Theatrical Trailer (New to the Set).


Friday the 13th Part 2:

  • New 4K scan of the original camera negative;
  • Amy Steel podcast interview;
  • Inside Crystal Lake Memories: The Book;
  • “Friday’s Legacy: Horror Conventions”;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 2”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.


Friday the 13th Part 3:

  • New 4K scan from the original film elements;
  • Contains both the 2D and a new 3D version;
  • Audio Commentary with actors Larry Zerner, Paul Kratka, Richard Brooker and Dana Kimmell;
  • “Fresh Cuts: 3D Terror”;
  • “Legacy of the Mask”;
  • “Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular”;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 3”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.


Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter:

  • New 4K scan from the original camera negative;
  • Audio Commentary by director Joe Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen and editor Joel Goodman;
  • Audio Commentary by fans/filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 4”;
  • Slashed Scenes with audio commentary by director Joseph Zito;
  • “Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years After Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter”;
  • The Lost Ending;
  • “The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part I”;
  • Jimmy’s Dead Dance Moves;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • TV Spot (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.


Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning:

  • New audio commentary with Melanie Kinnaman, Deborah Voorhees and Tiffany Helm;
  • Audio Commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann, actors John Shepherd and Shavar Ross;
  • Audio Commentary by fans/filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch (New to the Set);
  • “Lost Tales of Camp Blood Part 5”;
  • “The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part II”;
  • “New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th Part V”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.


Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives:

  • New audio Commentary with Thom Mathews, Vinny Gustaferro, Kerry Noonan, Cynthia Kania and CJ Graham;
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Tom McLoughlin;
  • Audio Commentary With writer/director Tom McLoughlin, actor Vincent Guastaferro and editor Bruce Green;
  • Audio Commentary by fans/filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch (New to the Set);
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 6”;
  • “The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part III”:
  • Jason Lives: The Making of Friday the 13th: Part VI”;
  • “Meeting Mr. Voorhees”;
  • Slashed Scenes
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.


Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood:

  • Audio Commentary with director John Carl Buechler and actor Kane Hodder;
  • Audio Commentary with director John Carl Buechler and actors Lar Park Lincoln and Kane Hodder;
  • “Jason’s Destroyer: The Making of Friday the 13th Part VII”;
  • “Mind Over Matter: The Truth About Telekinesis”;
  • “Makeover by Maddy: Need A Little Touch-Up Work, My A**”;
  • Slashed Scenes with introduction;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spot (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.


Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan:

  • Audio Commentary with director Rob Hedden;
  • Audio Commentary with actors Scott Reeves, Jensen Daggett and Kane Hodder;
  • “New York Has A New Problem: The Making of Friday the 13th Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan”;
  • Slashed Scenes;
  • Gag Reel;
  • Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spots (New to Set).


Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (two discs):

  • New 2K scan of the original film elements (Theatrical Version);
  • New 2K scan of the original film elements with HD inserts (Unrated Version)
  • New interviews with Sean Cunningham, Noel Cunningham, Adam Marcus and Kane Hodder;
  • New audio Commentary with Adam Marcus and author Peter Bracke;
  • Audio Commentary with director Adam Marcus and screenwriter Dean Lorey;
  • Additional TV footage with new optional audio commentary with director Adam Marcus and author Peter Bracke;
  • Electronic Press Kit (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spots (New to the Set).


Jason X:

  • New audio commentary with Kane Hodder, writer Todd Farmer and Peter Bracke;
  • New interviews with Sean Cunningham, Noel Cunningham, Kane Hodder, Kristi Angus and Todd Farmer;
  • Audio commentary with director Jim Isaac, writer Todd Farmer and producer Noel Cunningham;
  • “The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees,” a documentary on the history of Jason;
  • “By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Jason X“ making-of/production documentary;
  • Electronic Press Kit (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spot (New to the Set).


Freddy vs. Jason:

  • Audio commentary by director Ronny Yu, and actors Robert Englund and Ken Kirzinger;
  • 21 deleted/alternate scenes, Including the original opening and ending with optional commentary by director Ronny Yu and executive producer Douglas Curtis;
  • Behind-the-scenes coverage of the film’s development, including screenwriting, set design, makeup, stunts and principal photography;
  • Visual effects exploration;
  • “My Summer Vacation: A Visit to Camp Hackenslash”;
  • Pre-fight press conference at Bally’s Casino in Las Vegas;
  • Original Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spots;
  • “How Can I Live” music video by Ill Nino.


Friday the 13th (2009):

  • Includes the theatrical cut and the special extended version;
  • “Hacking Back/Slashing Forward” — remembering the groundbreaking original movie;
  • Terror Trivia Track with Picture-In-Picture with comments from the cast and crew;
  • “The Rebirth of Jason Voorhees,” a look at the making of the film;
  • Additional Slashed Scenes;
  • The Best 7 Kills.


Bonus Disc 1:

  • New interview with composer Harry Manfredini;
  • New location featurette on Parts 1 & 2;
  • “The Friday the 13th Chronicles” — an eight-part featurette;
  • “Secrets Galore Behind the Gore” — a three-part featurette;
  • “Crystal Lake Victims Tell All!”;
  • Tales from the Cutting Room Floor;
  • “Friday the 13th” artifacts and collectibles;
  • “Jason Forever” — a Q&A with Ari Lehman, Warrington Gillette, C.J. Graham and Kane Hodder;
  • More TBA.


Bonus Disc 2:

  • Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed (2014) — including interviews with Adrienne King and Melanie Kinnaman (78 minutes);
  • Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2013) — including interviews with Corey Feldman and John Carl Buechler (75 minutes)
  • Trailer Reel — all 12 trailers in a row;
  • Friday the 13th (2009) TV Spots;
  • Friday the 13th (2009) Electronic Press Kit;
  • More TBA.


All 12 films were previously released in a boxed set by Warner in cooperation with Paramount in 2013, but with fewer extras and without the Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday unrated cut.

Paramount in June released a 40th anniversary Steelbook Blu-ray of the original film.

Peacock Strikes Content Licensing Agreement With ViacomCBS

Peacock, NBCUniversal’s pending streaming service, July 1 announced an agreement to license Paramount Pictures movies and TV shows from the ViacomCBS library.

TV shows include “Ray Donovan,” “The Affair,” “Charmed,” “Undercover Boss,” “The Game,” “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Real Husbands of Hollywood” will be available to stream on Peacock when it launches nationwide July 15. They will continue to be available on ViacomCBS platforms.

Paramount movies on Peacock in limited exclusivity windows throughout 2021, 2022, and 2023, include The Godfather trilogy, Catch Me If You Can, The Talented Mr. Ripley, American Beauty, Patriot Games, Last Holiday, Fatal Attraction, The Firm, and An Officer and a Gentleman, among others.

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“We continue to expand the Peacock catalog with premium programming from NBCUniversal and beyond; partnering with companies like ViacomCBS to ensure that all of our viewers can choose from the best entertainment options available in the market today,” Frances Manfredi, president, content acquisition and strategy, Peacock, said in a statement.

In two weeks, Peacock will launch across mobile, Web and connected TV platforms with a free tier featuring more than 7,500 hours of movies, shows, and live and on-demand programming across news, sports, reality and late night. Peacock Premium will also be available for $4.99 per month and feature more than 15,000 hours of content. Viewers may also upgrade Peacock Premium to ad-free for an additional $5 per month.

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“This agreement with Peacock demonstrates the incredible and enduring value of ViacomCBS content,” said Dan Cohen, president of ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group. “The partnership we are announcing today is consistent with our strategy to maximize the value of our content by selectively licensing our library product to third parties while prioritizing franchise IP for our own platforms.”

‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Skipping Theaters, Going to PVOD, CBS All Access

In another blow to the theatrical window, Paramount Pictures is taking pending summer blockbuster release The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run off its theatrical slate and instead sending it direct-to-consumer via premium VOD in 2021, followed by SVOD platform CBS All Access.

The movie was originally slated for the Memorial Day weekend, but was pushed back to Aug. 7 when the coronavirus pandemic shuttered all movie theaters.

SpongeBob joins Warner Bros.’ Scoob! and Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour as big-budget theatrical releases bypassing the box office for distribution into home entertainment channels. Trolls generated $100 million in PVOD revenue in three weeks, while Warner has yet to release revenue data for Scoob! With the third theatrical “SpongeBob SquarePants” installment aimed at similar audiences to Scoob! and Trolls, Paramount’s decision to skip an uncertain theatrical debut makes fiscal sense.

“We are thrilled to have … a premier, first-run movie from one of ViacomCBS’s biggest brands, join CBS All Access’ expanding slate of franchise content from across ViacomCBS,” Marc DeBevoise, chief digital officer of ViacomCBS, and president and CEO of ViacomCBS Digital, said in a statement. “This launch will be perfectly timed with our continued expansion and planned rebranding of the service in early 2021, as we welcome SpongeBob and the gang from Bikini Bottom to the service in the biggest way possible.”

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In addition to Sponge on the Run, all prior seasons of “SpongeBob SquarePants” also will be available on the expanded All Access service soon.

It remains to be seen how exhibitors react to Paramount’s move. AMC Theatres CEO Adam Aron said he understands studios going straight to the consumer when screens are shut down. He does not agree with studios releasing new movies in theaters concurrent with home entertainment.

Regardless, direct-to-consumer has big shoes to fill considering the first “SpongeBob” movie release generated $141 million at the global box office in 2004, while the 2015 sequel, Sponge Out of Water, earned $325.1 million.

Bakish: Paramount Jumpstarting Biz Through Digital Retail

Paramount Pictures, like other studios, has seen its production business and theatrical slate upended by the coronavirus pandemic. The studio has been able to keep the lights on over the past three months in large part to transactional VOD and premium VOD, according to ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish.

Speaking on the first Credit Suisse Virtual Communication Confab, Bakish said home entertainment has helped Paramount justify capital spending on new movies during a year of uncertainty.

“We sold The Lovebirds [to Netflix] early in the COVID-19 window,” he said. “We also accelerated the EST window with Sonic [the Hedgehog], which performed very well for us.”

The movie, starring Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, gross more than $300 million at the global box office before the theatrical shutdown.

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The executive said the company is monetizing the Paramount library by releasing more than 100 movies via CBS All Access and through the Sunday Night Movie on the Paramount Network.

“We’re already seeing a material benefit on the time-spent side by consumers,” Bakish said.

“Look, COVID in the short term has set us back in terms of film releases and TV productions, obviously,” he said. “But we continue to see a path to nicely improved profitability over the longer term.”

Warner’s ‘Scoob!’ Fiscal Results: It’s a Waiting Game

This much is certain: Warner Bros.’ PVOD release Scoob! was a big hit on major digital transaction charts.

In its first three days of availability, the erstwhile animated theatrical release, issued May 15 for rental or purchase at a premium price, finished atop the FandangoNow, iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Prime charts.

The movie also featured prominently as the first “theater at home” releases available on Vudu and Comcast’s Xfinity Movie Premiere.

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The title, which bypassed theatrical distribution when exhibitors shuttered in March due to the coronavirus, is available to rent for $19.99, and to purchase for $24.99.

How much Scoob! has generated in revenue is anyone’s guess. That’s because unlike the traditional weekend box office tally, digital rental/retail industry numbers and how to market them during a pandemic remains a work in progress.

Universal Pictures set the bar high last month when it revealed to much media attention that its animated Trolls World Tour sequel generated $100 million in digital revenue after three weeks. Unless Scoob! tops that tally sooner, it’s a waiting game when Warner will make a fiscal announcement — if at all.

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In the meantime, Trolls World Tour continues to resonate with cinema-starved consumers stuck at home with children. The feature remains near the top podium on most charts except iTunes. Newcomer Capone, from Vertical and starring Tom Hardy as the cigar-chomping title gangster, has resonated with consumers on FandangoNow and iTunes in the No. 4 position.

Early digital release holdovers, including Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, Bloodshot and Fantasy Island; Universal’s The Invisible Man; Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog; and Warner’s Birds of Prey continue to sell — albeit at reduced price points.

Indeed, Bloodshot is the No. 1 seller on Charter Spectrum, while Lionsgate’s Arkansas ranks sixth. Knives Out (Lionsgate) sits in eighth on Amazon Prime.

Disney has refused to play the PVOD game, opting instead to move some theatrical releases to Disney+ or delay box office debuts until the COVID-19 dust settles. To fill the void, Disney has pushed catalog titles, including Fox’s The Greatest Showman (No. 5 on Amazon) and Tombstone (No. 7 on iTunes).

And then there’s the elephant in the room: Netflix. With the largest SVOD subscriber base in the U.S. and worldwide, new original movie release The Wrong Missy, from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, and starring David Spade and Lauren Lapkus, ranks No. 1 on the streamer’s U.S. chart. Netflix ended the most recent fiscal period with 70 million domestic subs.

CBS All Access Adds More Than 100 Paramount Films

SVOD and live streaming service CBS All Access has added more than 100 films from Paramount Pictures’ library.

Titles include Oscar-winning films such as The Godfather, Terms of Endearment and An Inconvenient Truth, as well as Patriot Games, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Airplane!, The Hours, The First Wives Club, Pretty in Pink, To Catch a Thief, Star Trek: First Contact and other films in the “Star Trek” franchise.

“Expanding CBS All Access’ library of films with these iconic titles from Paramount Pictures is just one of the many ways we’re integrating the phenomenal catalog of IP available to us within the ViacomCBS family,” said Julie McNamara, EVP and head of programming for CBS All Access, in a statement. “The service is on a growth trajectory with two record-breaking months in March and April, and we look forward to bringing even more premium content and value to our subscribers in the coming months.”

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CBS All Access recently experienced its best two months ever in April and March in terms of total streams, and the first half of 2020 included the service’s top two months ever in terms of new subscriber sign-ups, according to the service.

Paramount Ups Q1 Home Entertainment Revenue 13%

Paramount Home Entertainment May 7 reported first-quarter (ended March 31) revenue of $174 million, which was up about 13% from revenue of $154 million in the previous-year period.

Home entertainment revenue was driven by the mix of titles in release and higher sales of catalog titles. Licensing revenue grew 18%, fueled by original studio productions for third parties, as well as the licensing of The Lovebirds to Netflix.

Paramount’s top-selling packaged-media release in 2020 thus far is the Will Smith actioner Gemini Man.

For the fourth-consecutive quarter, home entertainment sales topped theatrical revenue as box office sales reached $167 million, which was down 3% from revenue of $172 million last year. Despite strong results from Sonic the Hedgehog, revenue was more than offset by prior year quarter revenues, which included carryover performance from Bumblebee.

Paramount Rolls Out Catalog Promotion, Aimed at Home Audiences, for ‘Top Gun’, Other Cruise Films

Paramount Pictures April 28 announced that the 1986 Tom Cruise classic Top Gun will become available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Digital on May 13 — which fans branded as “Top Gun Day” more than a decade ago — with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc release following on May 19.

The film, directed by Tony Scott, was a huge box office hit, earning $356 million — the equivalent of $840.2 million in today’s dollars. The U.S. Library of Congress in 2015 selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

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A sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, is scheduled for theatrical release on December 23, 2020. The release date was pushed back from June 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which led to the mid-March closure of movie theaters.

Top Gun has been newly remastered for its home release in 4K Ultra HD. Home releases also will include a brand-new featurette that explores the film’s legacy and continued popularity through new interviews with Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and members of the cast of Top Gun: Maverick, including John Hamm, Miles Teller, Glen Powell and more.

The home release also includes a retrospective segment from 2016 looking back at 30 years of Top Gun. Additional previously released bonus content on the disc includes commentary by Bruckheimer, director Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps Jr. and naval experts; “Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun”; a look inside the real Top Gun; original theatrical promotional material; music videos; and more.

Paramount is also debuting on 4K Ultra HD two other Tom Cruise films on May 13 (digital) and May 19 (disc): Days of Thunder (1990) and War of the Worlds (2005).

Days of Thunder reteams Cruise with director Scott and producer Bruckheimer. Known for its spectacular racing action, the movie further cemented Cruise’s star status.  The new 4K Ultra HD release includes a brand-new featurette looking back on the production with Bruckheimer.

The Steven Spielberg-helmed War of the Worlds is a retelling of the H.G. Wells classic, which shot into notoriety in 1938 when a radio drama panicked listeners who thought it was real.

The film earned more than $600 million worldwide, the equivalent of nearly $800 million in today’s dollars.

The new 4K UHD/Blu-ray Combo Pack includes access to a digital copy of the film, along with over an hour of previously released bonus content, including multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, production diaries, a look at the characters, and more.

Paramount Presenting Online Screenings of Classic Catalog With Guest Hosts

Paramount is presenting a series of virtual screenings that will be streamed online at CYA.LIVE, allowing viewers to watch and interact via text and video with other fans, as well as special guest hosts, for $1.99 per screening.

The first event will be a 25th anniversary screening of the Chris Farley comedy Tommy Boy hosted by the film’s director, Peter Segal (Get Smart50 First DatesNaked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult). The event will take place April 18 at 5 p.m. PST.

At the same time April 25, Paramount will screen Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan along with the hosts of the “Inglorious Treksperts” podcast, Mark A. Altman and Daren Dochterman. Altman is a television and motion picture writer/producer/director, as well as the author of the book The 50 Year Mission: The Complete Uncensored, Oral History of Star Trek. Dochterman has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years and has more than 80 film and television credits. He is known for his work as visual effects supervisor on the director’s edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

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The third event will feature a screening of director Blake Edwards’ classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s May 2 at 5 p.m. PST, just two days prior to Audrey Hepburn’s birthday on May 4. The screening will be hosted by Andrea Kalas, the head of the Paramount Pictures Archives.

ViacomCBS Closes Deal for 49% Ownership Stake in Miramax

ViacomCBS April 3 announced the closing of the previously announced deal for a 49% ownership stake in Miramax from beIN Media Group, which retains 51% majority ownership.

ViacomCBS, which owns and operates Paramount Pictures and Pluto TV, among other assets, plans to utilize the Miramax catalog (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Good Will Hunting, etc.) throughout its digital distribution channels. Miramax’s current leadership team will continue in their existing roles.

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ViacomCBS acquired the 49% stake for committed investment of $375 million. Approximately $150 million was paid at closing, while ViacomCBS has committed to invest $225 million — comprised of $45 million annually over the next five years — to be used for new film and television productions and working capital.

In addition, Paramount Pictures entered into an exclusive, long-term distribution agreement for Miramax’s content library; and an exclusive, long-term first-look agreement allowing Paramount Pictures to develop, produce, finance and distribute new film and television projects based on Miramax’s IP.

Miramax was founded in 1979 by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, and was a major independent movie distribution and production company before it was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 1993.

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Bob and Harvey Weinstein continued to operate Miramax until they left the company named after their mother, Miriam, in 2005, to start The Weinstein Company. That latter subsequently entering into a short-lived home entertainment distribution deal with Genius Products, headed by former Trump Administration official Steve Bannon.

In 2018, TWC and Genius settled a lawsuit with Weinstein paying now shuttered Genius Products a $2.5 million settlement.