PARTNERSHIP FIRST OF ITS KIND TO OFFER FREE TICKETS FOR NOMINATED FILMS
LOS ANGELES (November 27, 2013) -- The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it is joining forces with Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, to offer eligible SAG-AFTRA voters free tickets to any of the company's films that receive 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations. The partnership between the studio and ticket distributor is the first ever of its kind. TWC will offer all eligible SAG-AFTRA voters a pair of free Fandango tickets to each of their nominated films that are still playing in theaters. The process guarantees an easy way for awards influencers to see acclaimed films the way they were intended to be seen - on the big screen.
More than 100,000 eligible SAG-AFTRA voters will be able to access this offer through a custom Fandango Rewards webpage, which will be made available to the membership shortly after the announcement of the SAG Award nominations on December 11th.
Commented TWC President of Marketing Stephen Bruno: "We're thrilled to be working alongside Fandango on this unprecedented offer to SAG-AFTRA members. This is an incredible opportunity to give them the best possible chance to see our nominated pictures on the big screen, whose individual and ensemble performances we're so proud of."
"We are very pleased to provide The Weinstein Company a turnkey solution for helping SAG-AFTRA voters experience nominated performances on the big screen, the way they were meant to be seen," said Paul Yanover, president of Fandango. "Through our platform, we're hoping to get as many SAG-AFTRA members into theaters as possible."
The 20th Annual SAG Awards nominations announcement will be telecast live on December 11, 2013 on TNT and webcast live on tntdrama.com and tbs.com at 9 am (ET) / 6 am (PT). The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® ceremony will be simulcast live on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 8 pm (ET) / 5 pm (PT) on TNT and TBS.
ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. TWC releases took home eight 2012 Academy Awards®, the most wins in the studio's history. The tally included Best Picture for Michel Hazanavicius's THE ARTIST and Best Documentary Feature for TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay's UNDEFEATED. THE ARTIST brought TWC its second consecutive Best Picture statuette following the 2011 win for Tom Hooper's THE KING'S SPEECH.
Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; 1408; I'M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; SUBMARINE; DIRTY GIRL; APOLLO 18; OUR IDIOT BROTHER; I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT; SARAH'S KEY; SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D; MY WEEK WITH MARILYN; THE IRON LADY; W.E.; CORIOLANUS; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; BULLY; THE INTOUCHABLES; LAWLESS; KILLING THEM SOFTLY; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; QUARTET; ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH; DARK SKIES; THE SAPPHIRES; SCARY MOVIE 5; and KON-TIKI. Currently in release are UNFINISHED SONG and FRUITVALE STATION, LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER, THE GRANDMASTER, SALINGER, and 12-12-12. Upcoming releases include PHILOMENA, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM and AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.
TWC is active in television production, led by former Miramax Films President of Production Meryl Poster. TWC is the studio behind such hit television series as the Emmy® nominated and Peabody Award winning reality series PROJECT RUNWAY and its spin-off series PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS and PROJECT ACCESSORY; the VH1 reality series MOB WIVES and its spin-off series MOB WIVES CHICAGO and BIG ANG; and the critically acclaimed scripted HBO comedy/crime series THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY which also received a Peabody Award. The company is in production on the upcoming TLC series WELCOME TO MYRTLE MANOR, the A&E series RODEO QUEENS, and the Lifetime reality competition show SUPERMARKET SUPERSTAR hosted by Stacy Keibler. Among TWC's other projects in development for television are the martial-arts epic MARCO POLO for Starz, an untitled private eye procedural for FX, and THE NANNY DIARIES developed by ABC with a pilot by Amy Sherman Palladino.
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 22,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with 38 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.