A creditor list filed with a Delaware court running to 394 pages on Tuesday (March 20) revealed The Weinstein Company (TWC) owes money to a host of celebrities and entities from Prince Charles to Keira Knightley, and Huayi Brothers to Netflix.
On the same day TWC got approval from a judge for a $25m loan by Union Bank for ongoing payment to its remaining employees as it files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Dallas-based private equity company Lantern Capital has bid $310m in cash and $125m in assumed liabilities for TWC, whose long list of creditors makes for fascinating reading.
The list includes Prince Charles, Judi Dench, David Bowie, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, Keira Knightley, Robert DeNiro, Aziz Ansari, former president Obama’s daughter Malia Obama, Colin Firth, former BFI London Film Festival artistic director Sandra Hebron, Stephen Daldry, media mogul Peter Chernin, numerous former TWC employees, and Harvey Weinstein’s favourite Cannes hangout, the Hotel Du Cap.
Also named are FilmNation, Altitude Film Entertainment, the company formerly known as IM Global, Wild Bunch, Bac Films, eOne in Canada, UK and Benelux, EuropaCorp, Fortissimo, Gaga Corporation, Gaumont, Hanway Films, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Lucky Red, Metropolitan Film Export, Nordisk, Odeon, Pathe International, and Telemunchen, among many others.
The list includes the BFI, the BBC, the American Film Market, Amazon Studios, Netflix, Apple, Google, Awesomeness, Annapurna Productions, and AMC Networks.
Besides a host of other businesses large and small such as leading Hollywood talent agencies and guilds, limousine services, restaurants, record stories and production companies, are the likes of American Cancer Society, Amnesty International, Autism Speak, and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
On Monday TWC filed for bankruptcy and the board said it was terminating all NDAs.