CBS said in a statement that “we will continue to evolve our practices with continued focus on building trust with all who work on our sets. Every complaint is taken seriously, every claim is investigated, and when evidence is clear that policies were violated and values not upheld, we take decisive action.”
Monica Macer has taken over as showrunner for “MacGyver,” which is a remake of the original 1980s/1990s hit. The new version stars Marietta-born Lucas Till as the resourceful Angus MacGyver.
Lenkov also lost his job overseeing the CBS remake of “Magnum P.I.”
He released this statement: "Now is the time to listen and I am listening. It’s difficult to hear that the working environment I ran was not the working environment my colleagues deserved, and for that, I am deeply sorry. I accept responsibility for what I am hearing and am committed to doing the work that is required to do better and be better."
Season four of “MacGyver” was cut short due to the virus. Normally, the show would be gearing up for season five right now but the pandemic has delayed its start. It’s unclear when the show will be able to get back into production in Atlanta.
October 5, 2019 Atlanta - Media mogul and owner of The Weather Chanel Byron Allen spoke to the AJC on the red carpet for the opening of Tyler Perry Studios Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Atlanta. Perry acquired the property of Fort McPherson to build a movie studio on 330 acres of land. (Ryon Horne / Ryon.Horne@ajc.com)
Byron Allen, the Black media mogul, owns Atlanta-based The Weather Channel but he has set his sights on more.
He recently told the Hollywood Reporter that "I'd love to own CNN... and I will." Of course that means he'd have to buy AT&T but he is ambitious.
The former stand-up comic now owns 15 local TV stations, 60 syndicated shows and several other cable networks and has distributed films such as “47 Meters Down” and ‘Hostiles.”
Allen, as one of the few Blacks running a media company, told the publication the difficulties he had early on raising funds in the early 1990s into the 2000s.
"African Americans don't have access to capital," Allen said. "It's amazing that for the first 15 to 20 years of my company, I couldn't get a single bank loan."
Fortunately, he was able to raise $300 million to buy The Weather Channel in 2018.
He also filed a lawsuit in 2014 against several cable operators who resisted running his networks, citing an 1866 civil rights law enacted to ensure that newly freed slaves had a pathway to economic inclusion. He ultimately settled with most of the companies though Charter has held out.
"I happen to be extremely fortunate in a situation where I can spend tens of millions on litigation over a five-year period and be very comfortable," Allen told the publication.