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Paula Weinstein, ‘Fabulous Baker Boys’ Producer and Longtime Tribeca Executive, Dies at 78

Paula Weinstein, the veteran studio executive, two-time Emmy winner and producer on such projects as The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Perfect Storm, Analyze This and Grace and Frankie, died Monday. She was 78.

Weinstein died at her home in New York, her daughter, Hannah Rosenberg, told The Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death was revealed.

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“The world is a lesser place without my mother,” Rosenberg said in a statement. “She was a masterful producer and a force of nature for the things she believed in, including the many projects that spanned her illustrious career, the stories she fought to tell and the social justice causes she championed.”

In September, Weinstein exited Tribeca Enterprises, which she joined as executive vp in 2013, to work on political campaigns. She earlier was a vp at Warner Bros., an executive vp at 20th Century Fox and president of United Artists.

In 1989, she and her late husband, Warner Bros. executive Mark Rosenberg, launched Spring Creek Prods. Their Warners-based company produced features including The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Analyze This (1999), The Perfect Storm (2000), Monster-In-Law (2005), Blood Diamond (2006) and In the Heart of the Sea (2015).

She received her Emmys for producing the HBO telefilms Truman (1995) and Recount (2008) for Spring Creek and landed noms for her work on Citizen Cohn (1992) and Too Big to Fail (2011). She was executive producer on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie for all seven of its seasons.

Born in Manhattan on Nov. 19, 1945, Weinstein began her career as an assistant film editor in New York and served as special events director for Mayor John Lindsay, bringing cultural productions and street festivals to communities across the city.

Her producing credits also included Flesh and Bone (1993), The House of the Spirits (1993), Something to Talk About (1995), Liberty Heights (1999), An Everlasting Piece (2000), Analyze That (2002), Deliver Us From Eva (2003) and This Is Where I Leave You (2014).

At Tribeca, Weinstein as chief content officer managed the company’s branded entertainment and oversaw te programming for the annual Tribeca Film Festival. She helped create and publicize the Tribeca Talks series, which featured Tom Hanks with Bruce Springsteen, Alejandro G. Iñárritu with Marina Abramović, Barbra Streisand with Robert Rodriguez and George Lucas with Stephen Colbert, among other pairings.

Weinstein also played a pivotal role in building Tribeca Studios, where she pursued programs focusing on empowering underrepresented filmmakers in collaboration with brands including P&G, Chanel, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Bank of America.

In a statement, Tribeca CEO and co-founder Jane Rosenthal called Weinstein her mentor.

“Paula was always someone I could Iook up to and served as an inspiration for me and countless other women,” she said. “She was gorgeous inside and out, smart, politically and socially savvy, with an amazing sense of humor. The industry has lost one of its great and passionate producers and storytellers, and Tribeca has lost a family member and a dear friend.”

Weinstein received the Crystal Award from Women in Film in 1999 and served on the boards of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the ACLU and on the National Finance Committee for President Obama.

She also was a founding member of the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee, which raised millions of dollars for Democratic candidates for more than 20 years, and a board member of the ACLU of Southern California.

Weinstein was married to Mark Rosenberg — brother of L.A. Law actor Alan Rosenberg — from 1984 until his death from heart failure on the Texas set of Flesh and Bone in 1992. He was 44. Survivors include her sisters, Lisa and Dina.

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