In June, Schwartz had resigned as president of PopTV to move to Audible, where he started on June 15. The company made a concerted move in a showbiz direction, defining a range of projects involving stars and A-list creators. But it reconsidered hiring Schwartz despite his proven track record after questions emerged from employees about the details contained in the complaint. Amazon as a business is also only a few years away from upheavals in its studio division, starting in 2017 with the departure of studio chief Roy Price amid a multitude of complaints of sexual harassment.
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In the sexual harassment trial, which Deadline reported in February 2018, the complainant Leslie Isaacs, a former salesperson, made a series of allegations against Schwartz and made damning remarks about the corporate culture. Schwartz, she said, made degrading remarks, including approving a press release with the headline “Pop Puts Out”, over the objections of a female executive. Referring to a keynote speaker at a national conference on women’s empowerment, he also boasted: “I may or may not have slept with her in college!”
Schwartz seven years at the head of Pop and its predecessor TV Guide Network, after a series of restructuring at ViacomCBS. His achievements at Pop include the acquisition and exit of Schitt’s Creek and the rescue of One day at a time de Netflix.
In addition to directing Pop, Schwartz previously held management positions at MSG Media and Bell Media. As executive vice president of Fuse (formerly owned by MSG), he has directed shows, including Billy on the street.
Audible did not respond to a request for comment.