Earlier this month, reports emerged that Weiner was developing a half-hour mystery dramedy for FX. When the news was announced, media outlets tried to contact former Mad Men writer Kater Gordon, who accused Weiner of sexual harassment, and former Mad Men producer Marti Noxon, who backed up Gordon's allegation and called Weiner an "emotional terrorist." "It appears John Landgraf and FX have done the calculus and decided to go forward with a project that could expose them and their employees to significant risk," Noxon and Gordon write in an article for The Hollywood Reporter. "What will they do to prevent the same behavior from happening again?" The two go on to say how the TV industry could better protect writers who experience toxic workplaces, noting that the tips are especially valuable in wake of Peter Lenkov's firing from CBS. "While we applaud the steps FX has taken to increase diversity and inclusion at the director and writer level, we ask for the same resolve to raise up all their employees and foster a healthy work environment," Noxon and Gordon write. "Providing opportunity is incredibly important, but ensuring that these opportunities are safe (in every sense of the word) is also pivotal. A serious commitment and accountability from the studio to be part of the solution on all fronts is what this moment demands."
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