SANTA MONICA, CA – January 8, 2012 – Miramax, the independent studio with a renowned library of critically acclaimed films, today announced that Joe Patrick has been named executive vice president, Worldwide Television, and Beth Minehart has been named executive vice president, Global Digital, reporting to Miramax interim CEO Steve Schoch. Minehart will remain responsible for all digital initiatives and sales across the company, and Patrick will remain responsible for all television sales and initiatives across the company.
“Miramax’s global sales organization has grown our distribution to more than 125 countries through both new and traditional platforms, and Joe and Beth have been at the forefront of this expansion,” said Schoch. “They have also been a driving force in further leveraging the strength of the Miramax sales group, offering distribution in the worldwide marketplace to other highly regarded content owners. We are very pleased to recognize Beth’s and Joe’s leadership, and we look forward to their continued contributions as Miramax looks toward the future.”
Richard Nanula, chairman of Miramax and a principal at Colony Capital, said, “We knew the Miramax brand and library of high quality but underexploited films represented a strong opportunity for the right team, and we are pleased that our strategy to shine a spotlight on these films has proven so successful. We believe the sales team – led by Beth and Joe – has positioned the Miramax library for ongoing success by ensuring quality across media and accessibility to hundreds of new markets and opportunities.”
Patrick joined Miramax in March 2011 as SVP, head of Domestic Television & Digital Sales, and was named head of Worldwide Sales for Miramax in September 2011. Before joining Miramax, Patrick served as executive vice president at MGM Worldwide Television Group, and prior to that, Patrick was vice president at MGM Domestic Television. Earlier in his career, Patrick served as vice president at MGM Television Europe, and he started his career at MGM in Distribution Services in International TV. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University.
Minehart joined Miramax in August 2011 as SVP, Global Digital. Prior to that, Minehart served for more than 14 years in several senior roles at NBC Universal, most recently as executive vice president, International New Media, and prior to that, as a senior vice president with roles in Corporate Business Development and International Sales Strategy. Earlier in her career, Minehart served as director, Worldwide Pay Television and Pay-Per-View at 20th Century Fox Film Corporation. Minehart received an MBA from Harvard University and received a BA from University of California, Los Angeles.
Miramax is a leading worldwide film and television studio with a library of more than 700 motion pictures. Miramax sells directly and licenses its titles globally through strategic partnerships including: Lionsgate, Netflix, Facebook, Hulu and StudioCanal. The Miramax library holds some of the world’s most original and acclaimed independent films including Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, Chicago, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, No Country for Old Men, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, Life is Beautiful, Reservoir Dogs, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Cinema Paradiso and My Left Foot – as well as scores of commercially successful films such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bad Santa, and the Scream, Hellraiser, Scary Movie and Spy Kids franchises. In 2011, Miramax released three new films including the critically acclaimed film The Debt, starring Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain, directed by John Madden. Collectively, the Miramax library has received 284 Academy Award nominations and 68 Oscars, including four Best Picture awards.
Miramax is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with a sales office in London. For more information, please visit www.miramax.com, “like” the company on www.facebook.com/miramax and follow Miramax on Twitter @Miramax.