This file photo taken on May 23, 2017 shows U.S. film producer Harvey Weinstein posing during a photocall as he arrives to attend the De Grisogono Party on the sidelines of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, at the Cap-Eden-Roc hotel in Antibes, near Cannes, southeastern France. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
by Julia Pierrepont III
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) — There is widespread speculation in the Hollywood film industry that the fall of Hollywood kingmaker, Harvey Weinstein, and the slow decline of The Weinstein Company (TWC) as generative forces in the independent film world may well spell the demise of the indie film industry as a whole.
Hollywood was startled last weekend by the sex scandal exposure on Harvey Weinstein, TWC’s contentious co-chairman and co-founder.
The abrasive New Yorker reigned virtually uncontested for decades as the self-styled king of indies and, from the 90s on, helped to propel independent cinema into the mainstream with box office hits and awards galore.
Taking a page from Bill Feldman and Harry Clein’s winning publicity playbook – the team that created the first successful indie award campaign to garner Oscar attention for “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “The Trip to Bountiful” – Weinstein ran with it and added a few twists of his own.
His effective, award-season combo of celebrity-studded galas, ubiquitous screeners, and bare-knuckle brawling managed to net Miramax a legendary and unparalleled number of Academy Award nominations and wins: 249 Oscar Nominations and 60 wins in just 15 years.
In fact, when Vocativ.com published a survey in 2015 canvasing Academy Award acceptance speeches, they determined that that Harvey Weinstein was thanked more often than God.
But can the cash-strapped Weinstein Company carry on effectively without Harvey?
The LA Times expressed timely questions about the future of TWC: “Will A-list actors and directors worried about their public image refuse to work for the company? Will audiences shun future…