The parties have ended months of speculation and announced (May 7) a strategic partnership that will see TWC provide at least four distribution slots a year over five years and Worldview offer the Weinsteins film financing support.

ScreenDaily was the first to report last year that Worldview was seeking a distribution partner.

The company is on board to co-finance four TWC films, among them Justin Chadwick’s period drama Tulip Fever starring Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan and Alicia Vikander and Simon Curtis’ drama The Woman In Gold starring Helen Mirren (pictured) and Ryan Reynolds.

Both are scheduled to begin shooting this month. Two further titles will be announced in Cannes and it is thought competition entry The Search will be among them, given that the Weinsteins distributed Michel Hazanavicius’ previous film, The Artist.

TWC will provide Worldview with up to four domestic theatrical and ancillary slots a year with P&A commitments over the term of the partnership and act as international sales agent on “a number” of Worldview films.

Worldview has emerged as a prolific producer and its roster includes The Search, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s dark comedy Birdman, Eli Roth horror The Green Inferno and James Gray’s The Immigrant.

Worldview and TWC top brass were spotted deep in conversation on a number of occasions during the Berlinale and the companies are partnering on this year’s AmfAR fundraiser in Cannes.