There is another sickening and sad report coming out today about the pandemic of harassment in Hollywood. Late Friday evening, a report from Variety brought to light a number of accusations of sexual misconduct by Andrew Kreisberg, an architect of the entire DC Comics universe on The CW. He serves as a co-showrunner on Supergirl and The Flash while also being an executive producer on other shows within the universe.
In total, nineteen unnamed employees at the time of the report expressed some degree of harassment from Kreisberg. This ranged from inappropriate touching to sexual remarks, and many of the sources corroborated some of what others said.
In a statement, Warner Bros. TV had the following to say about these allegations:
“We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg … We have suspended Mr. Kreisberg and are conducting an internal investigation. We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.”
Meanwhile, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, two of the super-producers behind Berlanti Productions who oversee all of the superhero shows, said the following:
“We were recently made aware of some deeply troubling allegations regarding one of our showrunners … We have been encouraging and fully cooperating with the investigation into this by Warner Bros. There is nothing more important to us than the safety and well-being of our cast, crew, writers, producers and any staff. We do not tolerate harassment and are committed to doing everything we can to make an environment that’s safe to work in and safe to speak up about if it isn’t.”
It should be noted that Kreisberg denies the allegations in the aforementioned report, stating that he often would hug or compliment employees of the shows but in a “non-sexual” way.
What are the implications here?
Massive. Kreisberg’s actions could change the entire structure of the writers rooms for some of these shows and also even how they are promoted in the near future. There are probably many outlets who have tough decisions to make regarding quotes from Kreisberg about some upcoming episodes. Do you still run those, and how do you defend covering shows with quotes from him? Our reaction is to promote the shows and the hard-working people on them … just don’t promote him.
We applaud all of those for speaking out; once there is more news, it will be reported here. (Photo: The CW.)