Harvey Weinstein’s Name Will Be Removed From All TV Shows He Produced

His former company's swift actions should prevent an advertiser boycott, buyers said

Harvey Weinstein was an executive producer of Project Runway, starring Heidi Klum, for 16 seasons. Getty Images
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After firing co-founder Harvey Weinstein Sunday night following allegations of decades of sexual harassment, The Weinstein Company is in the process of removing his name from all of the TV shows he produced alongside his now-former company.

Weinstein executive produced several shows—including Project Runway, History’s Six, Matthew Weiner’s followup to Mad Men and a trio of projects for Paramount Network, which Spike will rebrand as in January—but the Weinstein Company reached out to several of those networks over the weekend to inform they that they are going through the legal process of removing him as executive producer from those shows going forward, according to two network sources.

“Weinstein assured us over the weekend that they’re taking care of it,” said one source.

The Weinstein Company did not respond to a request for comment.

Adweek reached out to all of the networks currently airing or about to air programs produced by Weinstein. Amazon did not respond, but all of the others said they were standing by their shows despite the controversy. “The networks took a position that they weren’t going to cancel a show because of one person’s bad behavior,” said a source.

Several networks also noted that Weinstein was a “name-only” producer on his TV projects, and in most cases had never visited the set or met with the casts.

Weinstein was fired by The Weinstein Company’s board Sunday night, following a New York Times story on Thursday, which alleged that for decades he had sexually harassed several woman—including actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan—and paid some of them off. One day later, his company announced that Weinstein would take a leave of absence while an outside lawyer led an investigation. But as even more disturbing allegations emerged over the weekend, the board dismissed him.

Given that Weinstein’s minimal involvement with his shows, buyers told Adweek that the controversy would have “next to no” impact on their media buys, and that advertisers were unlikely to boycott those shows.

“I don’t know if the average person knows which production company produces different shows,” said one buyer, nothing that he didn’t appear on air like Bill O’Reilly—whom Fox News fired in April after sexual harassment allegations resulted in a massive national advertiser boycott—or didn’t run a network, like the late Roger Ailes, who was forced to reign from Fox News in July 2016 following sexual harassment allegations. “Being a few steps removed makes a difference. And the fact that he’s been fired already quells things as well.”

While Weinstein is most famous for the films he produced for Miramax Films and later The Weinstein Company—including Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare in Love—he has also amassed a sizable TV slate.

On Lifetime, Project Runway is in the midst of its 16th season, and has aired on that network since Season 8 in 2009. Six, the History drama about SEAL Team Six, will air Season 2 next year. MTV will air a third season of Scream, based on the film series, next March.

Weinstein was also producing three projects for the Paramount Network, which launches Jan. 18: Waco, a limited series about the FBI and ATF’s 1993 standoff with David Koresh; the drama Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner; and a miniseries about Trayvon Martin, the unarmed high school student who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. in 2012. (That miniseries is based in part on a book about the case from attorney Lisa Bloom, who was advising Weinstein until she resigned on Saturday.)

He’s producing a pair of upcoming Amazon dramas—The Romanoffs, Matthew Weiner’s followup to Mad Men, and a drama from David O. Russell starring Robert De Niro—and developing a Guantanamo project for Showtime, with Oliver Stone set to direct the premiere.

@jasonlynch jason.lynch@adweek.com Jason Lynch is TV/Media Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.
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