The Little Hitmakers

Tiny Miramax Films sure knows how to pick winners

In an industry dominated by giant Hollywood studios and behemoth budgets, Miramax Films has succeeded against all odds. With only 40 employees, it has found a niche marketing shrewdly chosen, low-budget "art house" films, most of which have been rejected by the big studios as noncommercial. Miramax Co- Chairmen Harvey Weinstein, 37, and his brother Bob, 35, have proved them wrong. Three of the ten films they released last year -- My Left Foot, Cinema Paradiso and sex, lies, and videotape -- are up for a total of seven Academy Awards this month. The Weinsteins have also earned something rare among...

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