Today the producers of Warner Bros. Television made the decision to eliminate all ties to former showrunner and executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, following the multiple claims of sexual harassment made against him. Kreisberg had an overall deal with the CW, and used to helm the network’s super-lineup including The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and the CW Seed’s animated Vixen series.
Prior to today, Kreisburg was the showrunner and an executive producer for The Flash and Supergirl, and only an executive producer for Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow; though he helped create all four shows. He was actually given a large amount of creative control for the network, but according to the accusations made against him, Kreisberg’s inappropriate conduct had been on-going for years.
Warner Bros. Statement reads,
“After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg’s employment, effective immediately. Greg Berlanti will assume additional responsibilities on both The Flash, where he will work closely with executive producer/co-showrunner Todd Helbing, and Supergirl, where he will work closely with executive producers/co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.”
DCTV’s head Sarah Schechter and producer Greg Berlanti have expressed their support and belief of the anonymous 19 men and women who have come forward, and Warner Bros. Television has insured the public it will not tolerate inappropriate behavior within it’s productions.
The allegations made against Kreisberg included inappropriate comments of women’s appearances, unwanted touching and kissing of female staff, and the overall abuse of the power of his position. The results of this investigation follow the pattern of discovering sexual misconduct within the TV/Film industry, beginning producer Harvey Weinstein and continuing this morning with The Today Show’s Matt Lauer.