Chris Albrecht on administrative leave at Legendary

Legendary Television President Chris Albrecht has been placed on leave by the company, a Legendary spokesperson confirmed diversity Monday. An official reason for the leave of absence of the managing director was not given.

Albrecht has just been benched when an upcoming book, It’s Not TV: The Spectacular Rise, Revolution and Future of HBO by Felix Gillette and John Koblin, details the manager’s long tenure at HBO, including an incident of In 1991, in which Albrecht was allegedly involved, choked Sasha Emerson, a former HBO vice president. Albrecht denies the allegations as described in detail in the book. On Monday, a spokesman for Albrecht reiterated his rejection of the account.

The book, due for release on November 1, claims Albrecht attacked and strangled Emerson. Both were married at the time and allegedly involved in an affair that has since ended. Emerson later hired an outside attorney, and mediation took place in Los Angeles, according to the book.

In the book, Albrecht states that he “disapproves and disagrees with the characterization of what happened in the 1991 incident”. He is believed to be on paid leave from Legendary.

In a statement to diversity On Monday evening, Albrecht described the allegations as “old, flawed history” that was “reprocessed and recycled for the sake of sale”.

“I sincerely apologize to those I have offended with disrespect and unacceptable behavior,” Albrecht said. “But that doesn’t sell books or generate media attention. Some things actually age well; but not bad reporting.”

Albrecht spent 20 years at HBO, overseeing the growth of original content for the pioneering premium cable network, with hits as influential as “The Sorpranos,” “Sex and the City,” “Six Feet Under” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” But in May 2007, after a public altercation with his then-girlfriend at a cable industry conference in Las Vegas, he was forced to resign as chairman-CEO under a cloud.

Prior to his 2019 collaboration with Legendary, Albrecht was the head of pay-cabler Starz for 10 years.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report Albrecht’s leave of absence.

https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/chris-albrecht-hbo-legendary-television-its-not-tv-book-1235398761/ Chris Albrecht on administrative leave at Legendary

Charles Jones

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