WarnerMedia’s Production Business Under Review Following Recent Toxic Workplace Reports

WarnerMedia’s Production Business Under Review Following Recent Toxic Workplace Reports
Back in July, WarnerMedia launched an investigation into the workplace environment of The Ellen DeGeneres Show following a BuzzFeed report alleging bullying and intimidation at the syndicated talk show, produced by Warner Bros.Telepictures division. A followup news report made claims of misogyny, verbal abuse and racism at Warner Bros.-owned TMZ.

Now new WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar has initiated a close examination of all of the company’s production units.

“We have engaged a third party to do an objective, proactive review across our production business (internal teams in addition to partner productions),” Kilar wrote in a memo to staff earlier this week, citing recent “public reports regarding patterns of unacceptable behavior.” “I want to understand if there is any pattern of behavior that is at odds with our need to treat each other with dignity.”

The company is updating their Standards of Business Conduct, which each employee will be obligated to sign.
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