Amazon Studios head Roy Worth poses with Harvey Weinstein in June 2017.
This morning, Amazon despatched an e-mail to its workers concerning the allegations of sexual harassment and assault surrounding movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and ensuing allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct of Amazon Studios head Roy Price, who was suspended on Thursday.
The e-mail, despatched by the corporate’s senior VP of Enterprise Growth Jeff Blackburn and obtained by BuzzFeed Information, condemns Worth’s actions and casts doubt on the way forward for Amazon Studio’s two tasks in growth with the Weinstein Firm. In response to the Associated Press, Amazon's two tasks with The Weinstein Co. embrace a collection with Mad Males creator Matthew Weiner and one other with filmmaker David O. Russell.
“Amazon doesn’t tolerate harassment or abuse of our workers or our enterprise companions. If a priority is dropped at our consideration, we examine it rapidly and completely,” the memo reads. It additionally instructs workers to instantly report any sexual harassment to managers, HR enterprise companions, Amazon’s authorized division, and an inside Amazon ethics hotline.
The memo comes after quite a few allegations of misconduct inside Amazon Studios. Yesterday actress Rose McGowan tweeted accusations at CEO Jeff Bezos, and The Hollywood Reporter published allegations of Worth's sexual harassment and misconduct.
Blackburn notes that the corporate “can not talk about the specifics of investigations that we conduct concerning the habits of particular person workers,” however that Amazon expects to make choices on each Worth’s state of affairs in addition to Amazon Studio's relationship with Weinstein’s manufacturing firm. “We’re additionally reviewing our choices with the 2 tasks now we have with The Weinstein Co,” Blackburn writes.
Right here’s the complete memo:
The information popping out of Hollywood over the previous week has been surprising and disturbing — and sadly we’re part of it. It’s unhappy and really disappointing to me.
Amazon doesn’t tolerate harassment or abuse of our workers or our enterprise companions. If a priority is dropped at our consideration, we examine it rapidly and completely. Generally we are going to rent an out of doors investigator to make sure impartiality. I’d like to emphasise, that at any time, you probably have any issues associated to harassment or abuse at Amazon, please instantly report the incident to your supervisor, your HR enterprise companion, the authorized division, or the Amazon Ethics Hotline (within the U.S., [redacted]).
I acknowledge that you will have questions because of the latest media reporting, however please perceive that we can not talk about the specifics of investigations that we conduct concerning the habits of particular person workers. As , Roy Worth is on depart of absence for an indefinite time frame. I wish to thank Albert for stepping up within the interim to steer the org. We’re additionally reviewing our choices with the 2 tasks now we have with The Weinstein Co. The workforce is shifting as rapidly as attainable to shut on a decision.
I stay extremely optimistic about the way forward for Amazon Studios and what now we have deliberate in FY-18 and past. We have to be sure that our focus stays on our prospects, and that we’re executing on their behalf. Thanks to your dedication and dedication to our creators and expertise, who’re making a few of the absolute best content material out there on TV and in theaters all around the world.
As at all times, please be at liberty to contact me with any questions or issues.