The French crew, which also includes a sixth member, Vincent Bayoux, who was not named in the press statement, operates through a collective that is appropriately named Illogic. They’ll work with Weinstein’s new company, Watch This Entertainment, on Endangered, based on a book of wildlife photography by Tim Flach. They plan to develop a narrative about endangered animals through their Montpellier, France-based production company Bloom Pictures.
Other people entangled in this mess are actress Tea Leoni, who will produce and provide a voice, and executive Pantea Ghaderi who is running Weinstein’s company. According to Deadline, Ghaderi will “take the title of president of creative development and was integral in bringing on the animation team Illogic to direct Endangered.”
Amanda Harrington, vp of communications for Time’s Up organization, gave a statement about Weinstein’s animation project to The Hollywood Reporter:
“There could have been no ‘Harvey Weinstein’ without the complicity of Bob Weinstein, who for years put profits ahead of people’s lives as Harvey terrorized women throughout the industry. Bob Weinstein has no business running anything, let alone launching a new production company while dozens of survivors are still searching for some small measure of justice.”
Victims of Harvey Weinstein are also not pleased with the news of his brother’s return:
Not only did Bob Weinstein routinely paid off his brother’s accusers, but newly-released documents show that he knew enough to ask Harvey to stop what he was doing. Bob’s defense: he thought his brother, Harvey, was merely “a sex addict engaged in persistent philandering,” and he has denied knowing about the settlements that he made with his brother’s accusers.
Harvey Weinstein will go on trial January 2020 in New York City for charges that include two counts of predatory sexual assault, a criminal sexual act, rape in the first degree, and rape in the third degree. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.