How Will Hollywood Recover from the Harvey Weinstein Scandal?


The continually unfolding scandal around Harvey Weinstein and a decades-long pattern of sexual abuse promises to be the biggest story in Hollywood for weeks to come, with the potential to reshape the industry entirely. The Weinstein Company, a once-powerful force in awards season and the independent film world as a whole, is on the ropes and figuring out a way to survive; on Thursday, Amazon’s Roy Price was suspended from his role at the company after a television producer accused him of harassment. Price is the first executive to be accused of abusing his power in that way since the Weinstein story broke last Thursday, but he almost certainly won’t be the last.

So how will Hollywood reckon with the massive scandal that, by many accounts, was an “open secret” for years? On this week’s Little Gold Men podcast, Mike Hogan, Richard Lawson, and Katey Rich discuss the allegations against Weinstein and the aftermath, from what happens to the Weinstein Company’s would-be Oscar hopeful The Current War to how putting more women in positions of power in Hollywood could avert these kinds of abuses in the future. Vanity Fair’s Hollywood correspondent Nicole Sperling also calls in to discuss the reporting she has done on the story, including an interview with producer Amy Ziering, whose film about sexual assault on college campuses, The Hunting Ground, was distributed by the Weinstein Company. Nicole has also spoken with numerous women in the industry for whom the Weinstein allegations “brought up trauma that they had experienced in their life by sexual harassers. Harvey may be an extreme example, but he clearly is not the only one in this business or in other businesses who acts this way toward women.“

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