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Posted Sunday 8/05/18 at 3:40PM EDT
NCIS: New Orleans producer Brad Kern suspended amid third misconduct investigation
Kern was replaced as showrunner role in May (and named Consulting Producer) before a third misconduct investigation was launched against him, this time by a third-party investigator. “I believe in terms of keeping him out of the workplace during the investigation, that was to be as fair and open as we could be,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said at the TV press tour. “The investigation is ongoing. I’m told we will have results soon.”
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 12:04AM EDT
Les Moonves sexual harassment allegations look like further proof that abusive power players shape the stories that are told
Moonves is a one of the most influential gatekeepers in what stories are told and how they are told, and his impact extends all the way through CBS' many subsidiaries, from CBS News to CBS All Access to The CW and Simon & Schuster. So it should be concerning that somebody accused of sexual harassment has overseen a CBS Corp. that has been brimming with sexual misconduct allegations, from 60 Minutes to Charlie Rose to former NCIS producer Brad Kern and CW Arrowverse producer Andrew Kreisberg. "The point is simply this: People accused of sexual harassment and assault have formed the backbone of police procedurals, teen superhero dramas and some of the country’s (previously) most trusted news programming," says Caroline Framke. "How did these men shape the stories they were telling to millions? Which stories haven’t been told at all? Whose voices were silenced or dismissed as unimportant? Who was elevated, and who became collateral damage? What, exactly, have we lost because of powerful egos throwing their weight around?"
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 12:35PM EDT
Former NCIS: New Orleans showrunner Brad Kern is under investigation for misconduct again -- even after CBS renewed his contract
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
CBS has launched a third investigation into Kern one month after he stepped down as showrunner from the CBS drama series amid new accusations of harassment and misconduct. An outside investigator will examine Kern, who recently inked a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Kern was the subject of two CBS internal investigations in 2016 that resulted in disciplinary action. According to Maureen Ryan, who reported on allegations of Kern's "misogynistic bullying, racially insensitive comments and harassing behavior" in a Variety story last December, the new outside investigation is "expected to include but also go beyond the scope of the previous probes and potentially explore new complaints against Kern."
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
Report: CBS replaces NCIS: New Orleans showrunner Brad Kern, who was accused of sexual harassment and discrimination
Last December, Variety reported on complaints against Kern, including allegations he made inappropriate remarks about female employees, which resulted in an HR investigation. CBS also investigated Kern after he was accused of discriminating against women and making racially charged comments. Variety also reported he allegedly engineered the exit of original cast member Zoe McLellan because she was "unf*ckable." CBS wasn't able to corroborate all of the accusations, but found some inappropriate behavior that resulted in disciplinary action. Variety reported that after Kern was disciplined, NCIS: New Orleans continued to be a hostile work environment. Now that Season 4 has wrapped, Salon reports that Kern will no longer serve as showrunner and he will be replaced by executive producer Chris Silber. However, Salon says Kern will “still be involved with the show." Salon could not reach CBS TV Studios to confirm Kern's exit from his showrunner role.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:32PM EST
Holly Marie Combs bashes CW’s Charmed reboot and its “feminist” twist: “Don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work”
After initially throwing shade at The CW’s announcement that it had ordered a pilot for a Charmed reboot, Combs offered a lengthier response late Thursday night: “Here’s the thing. Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work," she tweeted. Referring to her, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan and Shannen Doherty, Combs added: “Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye.” On Friday morning, Combs further slammed the revival’s “feminist” twist: “Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph.”
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 5:10PM EST
NCIS: New Orleans showrunner was twice investigated for misconduct
Co-workers complained of a hostile work environment under executive producer Brad Kern, resulting in him undergoing six month of sensitivity training/counseling that ended earlier this year. “We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously,” CBS TV Studios said in a statement.