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Josh Goldstine is out as Universal’s president of marketing after a weeks-long investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct.
On Feb. 14, in a note to staff, Universal Filmed Entertainment chairman Jeff Shell and Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley announced that Goldstine had been placed on administrative leave and that an investigation had been launched by both Universal and parent company Comcast after they found the allegations to be “both credible and indicative of an unacceptable climate.”
At the time, the studio parted ways with executive vp creative strategy and research Seth Byers over misconduct. According to sources, that firing followed a November investigation that Universal launched of another marketing-division exec — senior vp creative advertising Scott Abraham. He was eventually terminated.
On Tuesday, Shell and Langley, along with NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer, sat down with marketing staff and informed them of Goldstine’s removal.
Goldstine joined Universal in 2011, following two decades at Sony, and was named the studio’s president of worldwide marketing in 2014. The next highest ranking exec is co-president of marketing Michael Moses, but it is currently unclear whether he will be Goldstine’s permanent replacement.
Goldstine’s investigation and removal come as agencies, studios and companies across the entertainment industry are taking a closer look at claims of inappropriate conduct amid a wave of sexual misconduct allegations that began in October with reports of decades’ worth of accusations leveled against Harvey Weinstein.
In their February note, Shell and Langley wrote, “Our highest priority is to provide a working environment where every employee feels heard, seen and safe.”
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