TV Academy to Vote on Weinstein Ouster in November
The board of governors discussed the mountain of sexual harassment and assault accusations against the producer at a Thursday meeting.
Six days after he was ousted by the Motion Picture Academy, Harvey Weinstein faces similar expulsion from the Television Academy.
The group's board of governors discussed the wave of assault and harassment accusations against the prolific film and TV producer by women across the industry during a Thursday meeting. And while Weinstein has not been immediately ousted from the voting body behind the Emmys, that seems imminent.
"Sexual harassment in any form is abhorrent and totally unacceptable," reads a statement from the TV Academy. "Television is a collaborative industry and we fully support those who have been affected by these allegations. The Television Academy stands united with those throughout the industry condemning such behavior in the strongest terms. The Television Academy’s Board of Governors met this evening. In accordance with the Academy’s established procedures, it was overwhelmingly decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings concerning Academy member Harvey Weinstein; such proceedings could result in action up to and including termination of Academy membership. Per the Academy’s bylaws, a hearing has been set for early November."
The November hearing will likely mark an official end to Weinstein's involvement in the TV awards community, though the producer had never seen near the success in the small screen as he did in film. Reality series Project Runway has always racked up Emmy nominations for The Weinstein Company, but its scripted efforts have not broken through. TWC was infamously part of Netflix's first big failure, the pricey Marco Polo.
The volume of accusations against Weinstein has continued to grow even two weeks after the first report from The New York Times. The latest, on Thursday, came from Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.