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Hollywood’s Zero-Tolerance on Racism, Sexism Is the New Normal

Hollywood, no stranger to loose talk and provocative points of view, has taken a hard turn into zero-tolerance on racially or sexually offensive remarks, with three major entertainment companies swiftly dismissing those who have crossed the line in recent weeks.

In the last month, Paramount, Disney and Netflix each fired high profile executives or talent for the same reason: their public, private or long ago comments were “inconsistent” with the company’s “values.” Paramount TV president Amy Powell, Netflix’s chief communication officer Jonathan Friedland, Marvel director James Gunn and Roseanne Barr were all dismissed with public disavowals by their companies (in some cases by the CEO personally) that seem all but certain to impact the careers of each individual.

The era of #MeToo seems to have sparked a need for companies to react swiftly to accusations of misconduct, but now that mentality is being reflected in the wake of insensitive comments about race,
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Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Appear Moments Apart at WB’s Comic-Con Panel

San Diego Comic-Con was host to some awkward scheduling on Saturday.

During Warner Bros.’ Hall H presentation, Johnny Depp made an appearance as his titular “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” character, helping to debut the latest trailer for the upcoming fantasy film. Roughly an hour later, his ex-wife, Amber Heard, appeared at the convention to promote WB’s “Aquaman,” which released its first trailer at the event.

In court documents, Heard accused Depp of physical abuse while they were married. She won a $7 million settlement in the divorce case, all of which she donated to charity. They settled their divorce in 2016, when she dismissed the claims.

Depp’s appearance was something of a surprise to the audience. It came at the end of the “Fantastic Beast’s” segment, after much of the main cast had already been fielding softball questions along the lines of what they’d do if they had magical powers.
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Inside the Firing of Paramount TV President Amy Powell

Paramount Television President Amy Powell had earned a reputation as a rogue operator long before her abrupt dismissal on Thursday over racially charged comments, which studio CEO Jim Gianopulos deemed “inconsistent with our company’s values,” according to multiple individuals familiar with the matter.

A rare holdover from the regime of late Paramount CEO Brad Grey, Powell was known as aggressively independent within the studio, the individuals said. She succeeded despite widespread unpopularity and a tendency to act without consulting her boss, the insiders added.

After 14 years at the studio, the last five as president of the TV division, she was vanquished over her response to a tweet. Specifically, insiders familiar with her firing said the executive made insensitive remarks about black women and anger during a recent conference call about an upcoming TV show based on the 1996 movie “The First Wives Club.”

Also Read: Wyck Godfrey to Become Paramount
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Paramount TV chief Amy Powell denies 'insensitive comments' amid sacking shock

Studio rising star Amy Powell issues denial after dismissal.

In a shock development on Thursday evening (July 19), Paramount TV chief and rising star Amy Powell was fired over alleged insensitive remarks and responded with an emphatic denial.

Not long after studio chief Jim Gianopulos circulated a memo to staff explaining the dismissal, Powell herself issued the following statement: “There is no truth to the allegation that I made insensitive comments in a professional setting — or in any setting. The facts will come out and I will be vindicated.”

Earlier in the evening the memo from Gianopulos was leaked to the press,
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Paramount TV chief denies ‘insensitive comments’ amid sacking shock

Studio rising star issues denial after dismissal.

In a shock development on Thursday evening (July 19), Paramount TV chief and rising star Amy Powell was fired over alleged insensitive remarks and responded with an emphatic denial.

Not long after studio chief Jim Gianopulos circulated a memo to staff explaining the dismissal, Powell herself issued the following statement: “There is no truth to the allegation that I made insensitive comments in a professional setting — or in any setting. The facts will come out and I will be vindicated.”

Earlier in the evening the memo from Gianopulos was leaked to the press, although
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Paramount TV chief Amy Powell fired over ‘insensitive remarks’

Studio rising star issues denial after dismissal.

In a shock development on Thursday evening (July 19), Paramount TV chief and rising star Amy Powell has been fired over alleged insensitive remarks.

Not long after studio chief Jim Gianopulos circulated a memo to staff explaining the dismissal, Powell herself issued the following denial: “There is no truth to the allegation that I made insensitive comments in a professional setting — or in any setting,” the statement said. “The facts will come out and I will be vindicated.”

Earlier in the evening the memo from Gianopulos was leaked to the press, although it did not go into specifics.
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Fired Paramount TV President Amy Powell Denies Making Insensitive Comments, Explores Legal Action – Update

Updated with Powell’s statement: Five years after she was hired to head Paramount TV, Amy Powell has been fired. Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos announced the move to staff in an internal memo Thursday afternoon. In the memo, Gianopulos noted “multiple individuals” who raised “concerns around comments” made by Powell in a “professional setting, which they believed were inconsistent” with Viacom’s values, something she denies. “Having spent the past several days conducting a…
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American Woman Season 1 Episode 6 Review: The Heat Wave

It might seem easiest to blame it on the heat, but the truth of the matter, things were a lot different only 43 years ago.

There weren't any messages or warnings included with American Woman Season 1 Episode 6, but with the world as different as it is now, it almost feels as if there should have been.

When the Paramount TV president gets fired on the night this particular episode of television airs for concerns raised about comments made by Amy Powell in a professional setting, which they believed were inconsistent with our company’s values, well, it makes any discussion about sensitive topics feel very prickly.

But maybe watching this slice of life from 43 years ago will help. I have no doubt it will also hurt. What I mean is I hope it will help the conversation even though bringing it up at all will hurt because thankfully, we've come a long way.
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Ousted Paramount TV Chief Amy Powell Denies Making Racially Insensitive Comments

Former Paramount Television president Amy Powell has denied making racially insensitive comments that led to her being fired from the studio today after a 14-year run.

Paramount Pictures chairman Jim Gianopulos told studio staffers in a memo that Powell was terminated Thursday after complaints from other employees sparked an investigation into her remarks. Powell’s remarks were made last week in what the studio described as “a professional setting.”

A source with knowledge of the situation characterized her comments as racially charged in nature and related to Paramount Television’s adaptation of the 1996 comedy “First Wives Club” as a series for Paramount Network.
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Fired Paramount TV President Amy Powell Denies Inappropriate Comments: ‘The Facts Will Come Out’

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Former Paramount TV president Amy Powell has denied making the insensitive and inappropriate comments that led to her firing on Thursday.

“There is no truth to the allegation that I made insensitive comments in a professional setting — or in any setting. The facts will come out and I will be vindicated,” Powell said in a statement to TheWrap.

Her statement came just hours after her dismissal from the company, which was announced in an internal memo from Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos on Thursday afternoon.

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“Last week, multiple individuals came to us to raise concerns around comments made by Amy Powell in a professional setting, which they believed were inconsistent with our company’s values,” Gianopulos wrote.

Gianopulos did not specify the nature of the comments, though an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap that they were racially charged.
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Paramount TV President Amy Powell Fired Over Inappropriate Comments

Five years after being tapped to lead the newly relaunched Paramount Television banner, Amy Powell is out.

The news was announced Thursday via an internal memo from Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos in which he outlined "multiple individuals" who raised "concerns around comments" made by the executive in a "professional setting, which they believed were inconsistent" with Viacom's values. According to sources, the comments included racially charged language. Sources say the inciting incident occurred during a studio notes call for Paramount Network's First Wives Club reboot, which is being penned by Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver and ...
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Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ TV Series Heads to Hulu

Hulu is sinking its teeth into Anne Rice. The streaming service has picked up the author’s “Vampire Chronicles” TV series, an individual with knowledge of the deal tells TheWrap.

Anne and son Christopher Rice will executive produce the project, alongside Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin, which has been in the works since 2016. There is currently no showrunner attached to the series.

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content optioned the rights to 11 of Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” books for adaptation in 2017, one year after Rice began developing the project.

Also Read: Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles' in the Works as TV Series From Paramount, Anonymous Content

“It is undeniable that Anne Rice has created the paradigm against which all vampire stories are measured. The rich and vast world she has created with ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ is unmatched and sophisticated with 90’s gothic undertones that will be perfectly suited to captivate audiences,
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Sound the Alarm: 13 Reasons Why Is Officially Coming Back For Season 3

13 Reasons Why season two left us with a ton of questions, but hopefully all of those will be resolved soon: Netflix has officially renewed the series for season three! On Wednesday, the streaming service announced the news with an ominous YouTube video, which features a student whose locker has a painted number 3 on it.

The upcoming season will consist of 13 episodes and will return sometime in 2019, with production resuming sometime later this year. While the show's stars like Dylan Minnette (Clay), Miles Heizer (Alex), and Alisha Boe (Jessica), are expected to reprise their roles, Katherine Langford confirmed last month that she would not be reprising her role as Hannah.

Related: Here's What We Already Know About 13 Reasons Why Season 3

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in January, Paramount Television head Amy Powell was asked if the studio's property would be open to creating a third season. "It's up to [showrunner] Brian [Yorkey]," she said.
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CBS, Showtime, Paramount Execs Talk At&T-Time Warner, ‘Roseanne’

A federal judge’s decision to allow At&T’s acquisition of Time Warner is destined to have ripple effects in the media business.

“I think you’ve cleared the way for more consolidation,” Epix president Michael Wright said Wednesday at Variety‘s Tune In! TV Summit. “My personal expectation is you’re probably going to see more of it.”

Wright was joined by studio and network chiefs from across television in a panel moderated by Variety executive editor Debra Birnbaum — who kicked things off with a conversation about Tuesday’s At&T-Time Warner decision.

Several execs shared Wright’s view.
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Sound the Alarm: 13 Reasons Why Is Officially Coming Back For Season 3

13 Reasons Why season two left us with a ton of questions, but hopefully all of those will be resolved soon: Netflix has officially renewed the series for season three! On Wednesday, the streaming service announced the news with an ominous YouTube video, which features a student whose locker has a painted number 3 on it.

The upcoming season will consist of 13 episodes and will return sometime in 2019, with production resuming sometime later this year. While the show's stars like Dylan Minnette (Clay), Miles Heizer (Alex), and Alisha Boe (Jessica), are expected to reprise their roles, Katherine Langford confirmed last month that she would not be reprising her role as Hannah.

Related: Here's What We Already Know About 13 Reasons Why Season 3

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in January, Paramount Television head Amy Powell was asked if the studio's property would be open to creating a third season. "It's up to [showrunner] Brian [Yorkey]," she said.
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'Read My Lips' series in works under David Manson Paramount deal

The adaptation is about an ex-convict and a deaf secretary navigating the worlds of blue- and white-collar crime.

Paramount Television has signed David Manson to an exclusive two-year overall deal, with the first project for the House Of Cards writer and executive producer being a series adaptation of Jacques Audiard’s 2001 French feature Read My Lips (Sur Mes Levres).

Manson will develop the adaptation – about an ex-convict and a deaf secretary navigating the worlds of blue- and white-collar crime – with Nic Sheff, a writer on Paramount’s 13 Reasons Why series and the Us version of The Killing.

The overall deal
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Prime Video Renews ‘Jack Ryan’ For A Second Season Prior To Season One Premiere

Amazon has announced it has greenlit series two of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan ahead of its global series debut set for 31st August on Prime Video. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, from Paramount Television and Skydance Television, is a reinvention with a modern sensibility of the famed and lauded Tom Clancy hero played by John Krasinski. The creators of the series, Executive Producers Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, will continue to serve as Co-Showrunners. Additionally, Krasinski, who also serves as an Executive Producer, will be reunited with Wendell Pierce (The Wire) who will reprise his role as James Greer in the eight-episode second season.

In series two, Jack Ryan confronts the forces in power in a dangerous, declining democratic regime in South America. The second series commences production this summer in Europe, South America and the United States.

After Amazon’s Super Bowl advert, Amazon saw a more than
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Amazon Renews ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ For Second Season Ahead of Premiere

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Amazon Renews ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ For Second Season Ahead of Premiere
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” has been renewed for a second season ahead of its Season 1 release, Amazon Studios said Tuesday.

“With so much early anticipation for ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ from our customers and personally having the pleasure to preview the exhilarating, action-packed first season, we are excited to greenlight a second season of the series months ahead of its debut,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios.

“The new season will take our unexpected hero to a new, exciting and dangerous world,” she added.

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The series is a “reinvention” of the hero played by John Krasinski, who will also executive produce. In Season 2, Krasinski will be joined by Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”), who will reprise his role as John Greer in the eight-episode run.

The show is executive produced by co-showrunners Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, and comes from Paramount Television and Skydance Television.

“We’re thrilled that the first season has generated so much enthusiasm,” said Cuse. “We couldn’t be happier to be working with Amazon and to be filming very near the Amazon to tell the next great Jack Ryan adventure.”

Also Read: Amazon Orders 'Utopia' Series From 'Gone Girl' Writer Gillian Flynn

“From day one we only had one actor on our casting board for this series – John Krasinski,” said president of Paramount Television Amy Powell. “We are so excited that he is our Jack Ryan and we get to make another season with this incredibly talented team. We have been blown away by what our whole team has delivered for season one and we can’t wait for everyone to see it this summer.”

“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” is produced by Paramount Television, Cuse’s Genre Arts, Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and David Ellison’s Skydance Television. Along with Cuse, Roland and Krasinski, Platinum Dune’s Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will also executive produce. Lindsey Springer, Mace Neufeld, Vince Calandra, Andrew Bernstein and Skydance’s Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will executive produce the second season with Allyson Seeger as a co-executive producer.

Season 1 of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” will be released on August 31 on Prime Video.

Read original story Amazon Renews ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ For Second Season Ahead of Premiere At TheWrap
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Paramount TV Promotes David Goldman to President of Business Operations

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Paramount Television has promoted David Goldman to President of Business Operations, the company announced on Monday.

Goldman, who most recently served as executive vice president, business affairs and strategy, has been with the studio since its inception in 2013. He will continue to report to studio president Amy Powell.

“The chance to build Paramount Television with Amy and the team has been a dream come true. I’m so grateful for Amy’s support and I look forward to continuing the expansion of Paramount TV,” Goldman said in a statement.

Also Read: 'First Wives Club' Adaptation Gets Series Order at Paramount Network (Video)

“David is a strong leader who thinks broadly about our business and Paramount TV’s interests around the world with a level head and clear point of view,” said Powell. “David was the first employee I hired when we launched Paramount TV and I am thrilled he will continue to be a part of our team in this expanded role as we work together to strategically grow our business globally.”

Goldman has previously served in business affairs at ABC Studios and was an attorney at the entertainment law firm Grubman Indursky & Schindler (now Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks), where he advised clients on a range of film and television agreements.

Paramount Television’s upcoming slate includes Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” starring John Krasinski at Amazon, the second season of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why,” the George Clooney-led Hulu series “Catch-22,” the upcoming “First Wives Club” on Paramount Network.

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Paramount Television Ups David Goldman To President Of Business Operations

Paramount Television veteran David Goldman has been promoted to the newly created position of President of Business Operations. In his expanded role, Goldman, most recently Evp Business Affairs and Strategy, will continue to report to Amy Powell, President of Paramount Television. Goldman, who has been at Paramount TV since its inception in 2013, has emerged as one of Powell’s key lieutenants as the studio continues its expansion. "David is a strong leader who thinks…
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