Help us report on how The Weinstein Company sale collapsed


You can help us report on the fate of the Weinstein Company. After its co-founder, Harvey Weinstein, was accused of sexual harassment, the studio’s business partners fled and new opportunities dried up (CNN), prompting the company to seek a buyer. But a deal to sell it has collapsed.

The Weinstein Company said it has filed for for bankruptcy, after a deal to sell the film and TV studio fell through (The New York Times). It was due to be sold to a group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, who ran the Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama.

However, on March 19 it announced it would file for bankruptcy as well as ending all non-disclosure agreements that were allegedly used by its former chairman Harvey Weinstein to silence abuse victims.

The studio was co-founded in 2005 by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the once-powerful force who has faced public shaming after decades of his sexual harassment behavior were reported by The New York Times and The New Yorker in October.

The company has tried to avoid bankruptcy ever since, seeking loans from private equity firms while pursuing a sale.

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  • How the fall-out from allegations about sexual harassment by Weinstein impacted the collapse of the company
  • What the deal was and how it fell apart
  • Who, and how many, will be left without jobs (the company has a staff of 200)
  • What this means for alleged harassers taking responsibility and consequences for their misconduct

The reckoning

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How the deal collapsed

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