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Ronan Farrow has announced on social media he is cutting ties with Hachette, the publisher behind his high profile 2019 book “Catch and Kill.” Hachette imprint Grand Central Publishing announced this week it had picked up distribution rights to Woody Allen’s memoir “Apropos of Nothing” and would be releasing it in the U.S. on April 7. Ronan Farrow’s sister, Dylan, has accused Woody Allen of molesting her when she was a child. Dylan’s allegation against Allen resurfaced during the of the #MeToo movement. Ronan Farrow says he can no longer work with Hachette “in good conscience” after they acquired Allen’s memoir while they were still working together on the release of “Catch and Kill,” which just so happens to recount Farrow’s investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse.
“I was disappointed to learn through press reports that Hachette, my publisher, acquired Woody Allen’s memoir after other major publishers refused to do so and concealed the decision to me and its own employees while we were working on ‘Catch and Kill,’ a book about how powerful men, including Woody Allen, avoid accountability for sexual abuse,” Farrow writes in a statement. “Hachette did not fact check the Woody Allen book. My sister Dylan has never been contacted to respond to any denial or mischaracterization of the abuse she suffered at the hands of Woody Allen, a credible allegation maintained for almost three decades, backed up by contemporaneous accounts and evidence.”
Farrow continues, “It’s wildly unprofessional in multiple obvious directions for Hachette to behave this way. But it also shows a lack of ethics and compassion for victims of sexual abuse, regardless of any personal connection or breach of trust here. I’ve encouraged Hachette, out of respect for its readers, authors, and reputation, to conduct a thorough fact check of Woody Allen’s account, in particular any claim that implies my sister is not telling the truth. I’ve also told Hachette that a publisher that would conduct itself in this way is one I can’t work with in good conscience.”
Ronan Farrow’s statement arrived hours after Dylan Farrow issued her own critical thoughts on Allen’s upcoming memoir, calling it “deeply unsettling” and an “utter betrayal” of Ronan Farrow’s work. Allen’s memoir could be one of two new works released in 2020 as the director has also wrapped production on his next film, “Rifkin's Festival.”
Fox News is putting additional precautions in place for in-office employees, while it is also targeting May 4 for a possible return to work.
Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott, in a memo to employees on Friday, wrote that next week they will distribute thermometers to their workforce remaining at 1211 Avenue of the Americas as well as in bureaus. “We ask that everyone coming into our buildings please take your temperature each morning before coming to work — on the advice of several doctors we have been in constant consultation with, anyone with a temperature above 100.4°F should not be reporting to work,” she wrote.
She also said that they are “following the latest CDC protocols on facial masks/coverings and would suggest at this time adhering to wearing a scarf or bandana to cover your nose and mouth if unable to social distance.”
Like other networks, Fox News is reduced its in-office footprint to all but essential employees, while anchors and other on-air talent have been broadcasting from their homes.
Scott wrote, “We would also like to thank everyone who has seamlessly transitioned to telecommuting over the last three weeks. The number of people in NY and DC has steadily declined to only the minimum number of employees needed to execute our content and our remote workflows with departments like MPG and all the editing teams have been successful. To that end, we will be targeting Monday, May 4th for a possible return to work and we will update everyone on that over the next few weeks.”
Scott held a conference call with employees on Friday to update them.
“While our new normal has led to long hours and more work for those getting our linear networks on air every day, my heartfelt gratitude goes to the dedicated teams who have continued to come to 1211 and all of those working in bureaus who have coordinated teams in the field each day to ensure we are able to meet the needs of delivering the news 24/7,” she wrote.
Her complete memo is below:
First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for their incredible dedication and hard work throughout this escalating pandemic, which is why I convened this morning's company-wide employee address via conference call.
In this time of an unprecedented health and economic crisis, it's our job to provide a public service to our viewers and it has been inspiring to see us come together for the benefit of the American people. Last night's amazing virtual town hall anchored by Martha MacCallum in conjunction with Facebook exemplified this. Using Portal smart video calling devices for the first time ever across all of our platforms, we provided critical information and answers to viewers' questions from Dr. Deborah Birx and Surgeon General Jerome Adams. I also just finished a...
EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox TV is developing an adaptation of Michael Arceneaux's memoir I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonce with Jerrod Carmichael, Lee Daniels and Marc Velez.
Deadline understands that the project is set to hit the cable and streaming market as a half-hour series.
The book, which was published by Simon & Schuster in July 2018, is a collection of 17 autobiographical essays from Arceneaux. The deal comes as Arceneaux’s second book, I Don't Want to Die Poor, an essay collection which chronicles his struggles with private student loans and economic anxiety, is published today April 7 by Simon & Schuster.Simon & Schuster
Arceneaux will adapt and executive produce alongside Carmichael, and Lee Daniels and Marc Velez of Lee Daniels Entertainment. UTA brokered the deal on Arceneaux's behalf.
The book looks at life in today's America with Arceneaux learning to embrace his identity when the world told him to do the opposite, leaving no bigoted or ignorant stone unturned. He discusses coming out to his mother, growing up in Houston, Texas, being approached for the priesthood, his obstacles in embracing intimacy that occasionally led to unfortunate fights with fire ants, and the persistent challenges of young people who feel marginalized and denied the chance to pursue their dreams.
Arceneaux is represented by UTA, Jermaine Johnson at 3Arts, attorney Loan Dang, and Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourrett. Carmichael is represented by UTA and attorney PJ Shapiro at Ziffren Brittenham. Daniels is represented by WME, Alex Kovacs at Untitled Entertainment, and attorney Matthew Levy at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.