3RD UPDATE: Here’s Miramax Films president Daniel Battsek’s email to staff:
After further reflection and discussion about the change in direction for Miramax, Rich Ross and I have agreed that I will step down as President of Miramax, effective the end of January, 2010. With this decision, we have also agreed that the best chance of success for Miramax is for the company to be located in Los Angeles, and I will work with the group on a transition plan. I’m very proud of all the great work we have accomplished here at Miramax and equally proud of my overall career at Disney.
Best -Daniel B.
2ND UPDATE: Consider that, just a month ago, Disney said the president of Miramax Films would “continue to oversee all aspects of creative, development, production and business and legal affairs” out of New York. I’ve learned that Miramax will close its New York office and move its Los Angeles headquarters to the Disney lot in Burbank. And instead of 6 to 8 films a year, Miramax will now put out 3. What’s still to be determined, I’m told, is how long Miramax will be left without a leader and how long it will continue to exist. But is this really existing? Especially after such a long and rich post-Weinstein Oscar history? Showing Daniel Battsek the door follows the “restructuring” of Miramax and the exits of president of production Keri Putnam and VP of acquisitions Peter Lawson. So another studio dismantles its specialty division, even though that began before new Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross took over. Here’s his statement:
“With the change in direction at Miramax, we have reached a mutual agreement with Daniel Battsek that he will leave his post as president, effective January 2010. During his 18 years of service, he has brought some very prestigious and award-winning films to the Studio from Calendar Girls to The Queen to No Country for Old Men. We wish Daniel the very best on his future endeavors.”