Oct 16, 2017

The Weinstein Co. bailed out by Tom Barrack's Colony Capital

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The Weinstein Company said today that it will receive a rescue investment from Colony Capital, a private investment firm led by Trump confidant Tom Barrack. Colony also has entered into exclusive negotiations to buy some or all of The Weinstein Company's assets.

Statement from Tom Barrack: "We will help return the Company to its rightful iconic position in the independent film and television industry."

Statement from TWC director Tarak Ben Ammar: "We believe that Colony's investment and sponsorship will help stabilize the Company's current operations, as well as provide comfort to our critical distribution, production and talent partners around the world."

Dollar details: None yet.

History: Colony Capital in 2010 bought Miramax, the studio founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein before forming The Weinstein Company. While under Colony's ownership, Miramax and TWC would come to form a strategic partnership. Colony sold Miramax in early 2016.

In case you've been under a rock: The Weinstein Co. has been upended in the past two weeks by dozens of sexual assault and harassment allegations against co-founder and (now former) CEO Harvey Weinstein.

Barrack backgrounder: The Colony Capital CEO is a longtime friend of President Trump, and spoke on his behalf last summer at the Republican National Convention. But he also made political waves last week by telling the Washington Post: "In my opinion, he's better than this."

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll passes 9,500

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Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 9,500 in the U.S. Sunday evening, per Johns Hopkins data. The death toll in the U.S. has risen over 1,000 every day since April 1.

Why it matters: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday that this upcoming week will be "the hardest and saddest week of most Americans' lives" — calling it our "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 1,270,069 — Total deaths: 69,309 — Total recoveries: 259,810Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 335,524 — Total deaths: 9,562 — Total recoveries: 17,266Map.
  3. Federal government latest: Surgeon general says this week will be "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment." The USDA confirms that a Bronx zoo tiger tested positive for coronavirus.
  4. 2020 latest: "We have no contingency plan," Trump said on the 2020 Republican National Convention. Biden says DNC may have to hold virtual convention.
  5. States updates: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is "literally going day-to-day" with supplies.
  6. World update: Queen Elizabeth II urges the British people to confront pandemic with "self-discipline" and "resolve" in rare televised address.
  7. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Scoop: Inside the epic White House fight over hydroxychloroquine

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The White House coronavirus task force had its biggest fight yet on Saturday, pitting economic adviser Peter Navarro against infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci. At issue: How enthusiastically should the White House tout the prospects of an antimalarial drug to fight COVID-19?

Behind the scenes: This drama erupted into an epic Situation Room showdown. Trump's coronavirus task force gathered in the White House Situation Room on Saturday at about 1:30pm, according to four sources familiar with the conversation. Vice President Mike Pence sat at the head of the table.

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