The Weinstein Company
Bob and Harvey Weinstein founded The Weinstein Company in 2005 after leaving Miramax Films that same year. After the departure, the Weinsteins retained ownership of Dimension Films. From 2006 to late 2008, their films were primarily distributed and marketed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, after which they intermittently distributed alone or produced with other studios. On October 5, 2017, The New York Times published an editorial stating that over 60 women in the media industry have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, including the use of "casting couch" practices, with rumors spanning as far back as 19 years. Not long after, Weinstein was dismissed from the company. The allegations, Weinstein's dismissal, poor performance of their then-recent films, and major backlash in the media eventually led to the company declaring bankruptcy. In May 2018, Lantern Capital won the studio's bankruptcy auction, and on July 16, they absorbed TWC's 277-film library into a new production and distribution company called Lantern Entertainment, with the rights to all of their films later being sold to Lionsgate.
(November 11, 2005-September 1, 2017)
Nicknames: "Spotlights on Opening Night", "The Three Bottom Lights"
Logo: On a black background, we see two spotlights morph to form three lights from one light above, forming an abstract "W". While that happens, the text "THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY" (in Engravers Gothic font) fades in at the bottom of the three lights. Afterwards, the lights disappear one at a time with the company name fading last.
- Some films' closing credits have the logo in a weirdly-edited variation with plain text.
- Some trailers and films such as The Ex, Make It Happen, Bobby, and Silver Linings Playbook have "TWC" instead of the company's full name.
- Arthur and the Invisibles has the logo extremely compressed, making the company’s name very hard to read.
FX/SFX: The lights.
Music/Sounds: An orchestrated piece composed by Nicole Weinstein (daughter of Bob Weinstein) that fades out when the logo fades. Otherwise it is silent, or has the opening theme of the film.
- Doogal has a different orchestral tune composed by James L. Venable playing over the logo. This version's theme has some similarities to the music for the Image Entertainment logo.
- On Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight (both directed by Quentin Tarantino), a different piece with light switch sounds is heard. This was also composed by Nicole Weinstein.
Availability: Common during the company's run.
- Appears on all films from the company from Derailed to Tulip Fever.
- Don't expect this to appear on Space Chimps as that uses an in-credit notice and it was distributed by 20th Century Fox instead.
- Following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the company stopped releasing movies, and this logo has since been retired due to the company's bankruptcy. Current prints have slowly begun plastering this logo over with the 2013 Lionsgate logo for films they currently distribute, though for the most part it's usually preceded by Lantern's logo.
- Even though it appeared on its theatrical release, it doesn't appear on the Lionsgate DVD release of Leap! for obvious reasons; in fact, they aren't even mentioned at all on the DVD cover art.
Editor's Note: When all is said and done, this is just a simple and not very memorable logo, though it does at the very least have a nice musical theme.