Former studio executive and prolific producer Paula Weinstein is leaving Tribeca Enterprises, where she’s been chief content officer for the past decade, to jump into political work and help “as many voices as possible be heard.”
“I don’t want to sit on the sidelines and rail about everything. I really want to jump in, fully, into the campaigns. Both statewide and national campaigns,” she tells Deadline. “It just feels very much like a moment…between the climate, and book banning and everything else that I don’t need to go into.”
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In a memo to staff this morning, Tribeca CEO Jane Rosenthal said Weinstein will “devote her efforts to fighting for the preservation and advancement of human and women’s rights, and most urgently the upcoming elections.” She will also continue to consult for Tribeca. Next summer’s festival, dates just announced, would have been her 12th.
Weinstein’s position, which was unique to her history in the industry, skills as a producer, and focus on advocacy and mentorship, will be absorbed by different teams at Tribeca.
“From creating original programs for brand partners like Chanel, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and P&G and building Tribeca Studios, to establishing new and vertical programs at the festival, including Chanel’s Through Her Lens and the Harry Belafonte Award, which have inspired change socially, politically and artistically, Paula has been intrinsic to our growth,” Rosenthal said. “We thank her for her immeasurable contributions, and I thank her for being my friend. I will always look up to you, Paula Weinstein!”
Weinstein said she’s proud that “there’s no area of storytelling that Tribeca isn’t exploring,” as the festival gradually expanded from film into television, audio storytelling, video games and music.
Weinstein previously served as president of United Artists, EVP at Fox and VP at Warner Bros. and has produced over 30 films including The Perfect Storm, Blood Diamond, Analyze This, Monster-In-Law and In The Heart of the Sea. She was executive producer on Netflix’s longest-running series Grace and Frankie. Other projects include HBO’s Recount and Citizen Cohn as well as Truman, Iron Jawed Angels and Too Big To Fail.
Now she said she wants to go where she can “have the most effect” bringing together storytelling and politics. “I’m looking around to see where and with whom and am excited to find people who want to work together.”
Asked about the ongoing Hollywood strikes, Weinstein said that the current moment appears to be a great one for unions, with “a sense of collective identity and goals.”
“I certainly understand the studios’ position, it’s not that I don’t understand it, I just think the inequities are real. And the question is, are we going to be a ‘take the money and run’ business, or a business that’s going to support new voices?”
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