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It looks like Robert Osher, the new general counsel and chief operating officer at Miramax, has good timing.
The industry veteran returns to Miramax after seven years as president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and will pick up where he left off with new opportunities and direction. The company was founded by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, but Osher dodged that bullet because Miramax was sold to Walt Disney before his time.
Now Miramax is headed by Bill Block, a finance leader in the film industry, and new ownership. For Osher, that means growth and hope for more good timing.
"Pulp Fiction" to "Bad Santa 2"
The company owns nearly 800 titles from the late 1980s to present, including older favorites like "Pulp Fiction," "Good Will Hunting," and "The Crying Game," to recent releases such as "Mr. Holmes," "Bridget Jones's Baby," and "Bad Santa 2." Osher said he is excited about the company's new vision and leadership.
"The vast Miramax library has so much potential and I am looking forward to working with the team to take it to the next level," he said.
At Sony, Osher guided a digital production studio that made animated comedies such as "Hotel Transylvania," "Hotel Transylvania 2," and "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." He left the company in 2015, and has been consulting private equity firms and media companies since then.
In the meantime, Miramax has also gone through changes. It was sold in 2016 to beIN Media Group, a subsidiary of Qatar's Al Jazeera Media Network.
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During his first tour with Miramax, Osher was co-head of creative production and ran the television, legal, business affairs, and physical production divisions. In his new role, he will be part of an initiative to grow the company's strategies in film, television, mergers, and acquisitions.
"We are so happy to have Bob be a part of the new Miramax as someone who not only has tremendous understanding of the future of content and platforms, distributions, operations, as well as a familiarity with the extensive and prestigious library of the Miramax brand," CEO Block said.
BeIN Media Group, which owns 100 percent of the company, raised eyebrows when it acquired the company because of the controversial Al Jazeera. The state-owned news agency was accused this week of being a mouthpiece for terrorist organizations.