Miramax, the onetime indie film powerhouse founded by the Weinstein brothers, has laid off 20 employees in a second round of downsizing this year under a new chief executive.
The Santa Monica film and television company cut executives in the sales and finance departments, as well as workers in support roles, according to a person with knowledge of the matter who was not authorized to comment publicly.
A spokeswoman for the company, now owned by Qatari broadcaster BeIN Media Group, confirmed the staff reductions but declined further comment.
The layoffs come after the company terminated about 25 staffers in May — a move that occurred weeks after veteran film producer Bill Block was appointed chief executive of the then roughly 100-employee operation.
“After careful consideration and consultation with the board, I have decided to reorganize the team at Miramax,” said Block in a statement at the time. “This reorganization will allow me to lead a streamlined Miramax to grow in film, television and the licensing of our impressive library.”
Now on its third owner in a decade, Miramax carries on in a vastly diminished form from the company it was in its heyday, when co-founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein were producing Academy Award-winning films including “Shakespeare in Love” and major hits such as “Chicago,” which grossed more than $300 million worldwide.
The sharp-elbowed brothers, who started Miramax in 1979 and named it after their parents Max and Miriam, sold the production house to Walt Disney Co. in 1993. They left Miramax 12 years later and now run an eponymous film and television company.
Disney sold Miramax to a group of investors led by private equity firm Colony Capital and construction magnate Ronald Tutor for $660 million in 2010. The Weinsteins unsuccessfully attempted to buy back the company before it was sold to the Colony group, but they did get a reunion of sorts in 2013, when their firm…