A Star is Born producer fired from LN Productions
Live Nation Entertainment has announced that A Star is Born producer, Heather Parry, will leave her role as president of Live Nation Productions amid abuse and workplace bullying allegations.
Parry ran Live Nation Productions, the television and film branch of the live entertainment company, for three years. The company placed her on leave in December, after employees alleged that Parry used racist and homophobic language at work.
The two-month inquiry into the allegations could not validate claims of racism and homophobia, but concluded that the work environment under Parry did not meet the expectations of the company, with multiple reports of verbal attacks and intimidating behaviour.
In an interview with Variety, one former Live Nation employee describes Parry as an “emotional terrorist”, stating that “on multiple occasions I had colleagues come to me distressed and often crying about how Heather had treated them that day.”
“Heather Parry will be leaving Live Nation, effective immediately”
“Heather Parry will be leaving Live Nation, effective immediately,” Live Nation officials said in a statement. “Live Nation is committed to the Live Nation Productions division and to our pipeline of artist-driven projects which will be led moving forward by current executives Ryan Kroft, Matt Stein and Chad Wasser.”
Parry comments: “At times I have had to be relentless, because nothing of great value ever comes easy. As a boss, I’m tough and brutally honest, and through this process I have learned how I can go about being not only a more effective leader but a better person.”
As head of Live Nation Productions, Parry helped to produce Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s A Star is Born. Parry formerly worked at Adam Sandler’s company, Happy Madison Productions, and MTV News.
Live Nation Productions hires two producers
Live Nation Productions, Live Nation’s film and television production division, has announced two senior hires.
Experienced producer and studio exec Matthew Stein will be the company’s new head of scripted development and production, while Emmy Award-winning TV producer Ryan Kroft becomes head of unscripted development and production. Both will report to Heather Parry, Live Nation Productions’ president of production, film and television.
Stein joins Live Nation Productions ahead of the release of the company’s first scripted films, A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the latter’s directorial debut, and the After Party, starring Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Teyana Taylor and Kyle. He joins from Sony Pictures International Productions, where he was vice-president.
“We’re ready to ramp up even more amazing projects”
Kroft, meanwhile, joins from Viacom, where he was senior VP, events and specials, for MTV, VH1 and Logo. Recent Live Nation Productions television and documentary projects include Gaga: Five Foot Two, Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis and Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story, which chronicles the career of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.
“In just two short years, Live Nation Productions has brought fans closer to live music through a diverse slate of projects, and with this stellar team in place we’ll be able to continue successfully exploring content for screens of all kinds,” says Parry. “Between Matt’s extensive film experience and Ryan’s expertise with live TV, we’re ready to ramp up even more amazing projects.”
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