Your Friday Wake-Up Call: ‘Mad Men’ Creator Faces a Harassment Claim. Plus, Confessions of an Ex-Facebook Exec
Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital-related news. What people are talking about today: A former writer for “Mad Men” has accused the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, of sexually harassing her. Kater Gordon, who rose from a job as Weiner’s assistant to being an Emmy Award-winning writer on the show, says that one night when they were working late, Weiner told her she “owed it to him to let him see her naked,” The Information reports (paywall). A year after the alleged incident, she and Weiner shared the stage in 2009 to accept an Emmy, and weeks after that she was let go from the show, a high-profile departure that led Gawker and other to publications to speculate on what went wrong. A rep for Weiner, meanwhile, says “he does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague,” according to Variety. Gordon has not worked in TV since her “Mad Men” days; she is reportedly now starting a non-profit to change perceptions about sexual harassment.
Also: The New York premiere of Louis C.K.’s movie “I Love You, Daddy” was canceled, as was his appearance on CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” after The New York Times reported that five women had accused him of sexual misconduct. FX is conducting a review following the news, and HBO has axed him from a charity show, CNN reports.
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