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Chris Albrecht Positioned on Go away at Legendary (Unique)


Chris Albrecht, the previous chairman of HBO and present president of Legendary Tv, has been positioned on administrative depart, based on the corporate.

The suspension comes as a forthcoming e-book, It’s Not TV: The Spectacular Rise, Revolution, and Way forward for HBO by Felix Gillette and John Koblin, reveals new particulars about how Albrecht allegedly disparaged a staffer who exited HBO following a settlement that was brokered by HBO. (Albrecht’s rep denies the allegations.)

A Legendary spokesperson stated Monday that Albrecht has been positioned on a depart of absence, and declined to remark additional.

Based on an early draft of the e-book reviewed by The Hollywood Reporter, the authors element a beforehand reported allegation that Albrecht choked Sasha Emerson, a former exec vp and rising star at HBO in late Nineteen Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties (Albrecht’s rep denies the allegation). The incident, which allegedly occurred in her workplace in the summertime of 1991, months after Albrecht and Emerson, who had been each married on the time, ended their consensual affair, based on the e-book. Within the rapid aftermath, Emerson detailed the incident to a pal in addition to to HBO’s Michael Fuchs. A police report was by no means filed.

“After greater than 30 years an previous, flawed story is now being refurbished and recycled for the sake of gross sales. I’ve sincerely apologized to these whom I offended with disrespect and totally unacceptable conduct. However that doesn’t promote books or generate media consideration. Some issues do certainly age nicely; however dangerous reporting doesn’t,” Albrecht stated in a press release to THR.

Emerson, following mediation with HBO, took a settlement and left the community, the e-book notes. The settlement was by no means revealed to the HBO board and Emerson’s departure was not defined internally, based on the e-book. Afterward, Albrecht was then moved to reporting to Bridget Potter. (​A rep for Albrecht says that the manager’s reporting construction by no means modified and that he at all times reported to Potter). Albrecht on the time was in command of originals and was working with Emerson on HBO Unbiased Productions (Roc, Martin).

It’s Not TV, due Nov. 1 by way of Penguin Random Home, reveals via in depth reporting and interviews with no less than one witness that Albrecht would disparage Emerson in conferences with TV writers and producers following her exit in conduct that one staffer dubbed “vile.” (Albrecht’s rep denies the allegation.)

One TV author who was shut with Emerson stated within the e-book that HBO rewrote the narrative as there existed on the time a “marketing campaign to blacken her out” and paint her as a “chaotic, problematic individual” as she took a “very unfair settlement.” The Los Angeles Instances reported in 2007 that she obtained no less than $400,000.

Emerson, who spoke with the authors for the e-book, stated that years later she nonetheless can’t bear to really feel something constricting her throat, together with the strap of a motorcycle helmet.

Within the e-book, Albrecht — by way of his lawyer — disputes what occurred in Emerson’s workplace in the summertime of 1991. “He rejects and disagrees with the characterization of what occurred” and declined to remark additional.

The e-book additionally revisits Albrecht’s public arrest after he was seen by police choking his then-girlfriend Karla Jensen in Las Vegas. The incident prompted Albrecht to resign from his function at HBO.

Following an extended and profitable tenure at Starz, Albrecht was promoted to run Legendary Tv in early 2021 when he was tasked with main the Wanda Group-controlled studio’s worldwide and home arms. He first joined Legendary in December 2019 after he was pushed out at Starz following a 10-year run main the premium cable community. Sources on the time stated infighting between Albrecht and new company dad and mom Lionsgate led to his ouster. Albrecht has since inked offers with international firms to develop premium scripted reveals and handed out a couple of home script offers as his tenure to date has been unremarkable. It’s additionally value noting that on the time of his hiring at Legendary {that a} handful of creators and executives had been vocal about not desirous to work with Albrecht, whose earlier historical past with girls had been the topic of protection within the tabloids in addition to within the leisure press.

Up to date at 7:03 p.m. PT: This story has been up to date with a brand new assertion from Albrecht.

Chris Albrecht Positioned on Go away at Legendary (Unique)

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