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Lexus Ends TV & Film Partnership with The Weinstein Company

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Lexus is ending its partnership with film and TV production firm The Weinstein Company in light of recent harassment allegations against co-founder Harvey Weinstein — from Reuters:

“Lexus has chosen to terminate its agreements with The Weinstein Company that saw the luxury automaker working with the film studio on certain film and television projects,” a company spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail to Reuters.

Toyota’s luxury brand had been a sponsor of reality television show “Project Runway” which has been produced by Weinstein Co. The company’s cars will no longer appear on the show after the current 16th season, which has already been filmed, the spokeswoman told Reuters by phone.

The Lexus Short Films produced by The Weinstein Company has also been officially cancelled, as evidenced by this message on the program website:

Lexus Short Films is now closed. In 2013, the program launched with the goal of supporting and nurturing a new generation of emerging filmmakers. Aspiring writer/directors from all over the world received unique opportunities, supported by Lexus with promotion and exposure at worldwide film festivals.

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Yeah, could see this coming.

Sad, all that money spent on Lexus Short Films and this is what they have to show for it.
krew
Yeah, could see this coming.

Sad, all that money spent on Lexus Short Films and this is what they have to show for it.
Crazy turn of events.....
and its gone...

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/10/24/business/24reuters-people-harvey-weinstein-lexus.html
Toyota's Lexus Will End Partnership With The Weinstein Co

(Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp's Lexus unit said on Tuesday it is ending its partnership with film and TV production firm The Weinstein Company after allegations that co-founder Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women.

"Lexus has chosen to terminate its agreements with The Weinstein Company that saw the luxury automaker working with the film studio on certain film and television projects," a company spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail to Reuters.

Toyota's luxury brand had been a sponsor of reality television show "Project Runway" which has been produced by Weinstein Co.

The company's cars will no longer appear on the show after the current 16th season, which has already been filmed, the spokeswoman told Reuters by phone.

Lexus will also no longer partner with Weinstein Co for its Lexus Short Films series, which invited emerging filmmakers to submit their films for a chance to be produced by Weinstein Co.

Hachette Book Group, the U.S. publishing house of French group Lagardere, earlier said it had terminated the Weinstein Books imprint.

Harvey Weinstein was fired as chief executive by Weinstein Co earlier this month. He has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

Weinstein Co did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Clearly.....
krew
Yeah, could see this coming.

Potentially, I agree, but, IMO, I think Lexus should wait for an actual conviction in court. He-Said / She-Said allegations and accusations are a dime a dozen (witness the similar cases against Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, Michael Jackson, and others). Most of them have yet to be proved in court, the ones against Bill Cosby ended in a mistrial, and the ones against Michael Jackson were acquitted altogether, and he walked.
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The Lexus Short Films program has now been cancelled.
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I actually just happened to see the Lexus-centric episode of Project Runway. They had to design outfits made out of safety-related materials (seat belts, reflectors, inflatable rafts, fire hose, orange construction barrels, etc) that had been stuffed into a lineup of NXes, one of which was Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 :heart_eyes:, and there was a brand manager on talking about Lexus Safety System Plus being standard. It seemed like a decent fit, especially with Lexus' Fashion Week sponsorships.
mmcartalk
Potentially, I agree, but, IMO, I think Lexus should wait for an actual conviction in court. He-Said / She-Said allegations and accusations are a dime a dozen (witness the similar cases against Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, Michael Jackson, and others). Most of them have yet to be proved in court, the ones against Bill Cosby ended in a mistrial, and the ones against Michael Jackson were acquitted altogether, and he walked.
No doubt a business decision, but I doubt they don't want to blacklisted too from Hollyweird
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Let's get a petition going to dump the has been leftover from the 90's Brit Chick as the voiceover talent. There was nothing wrong with James Remar. Or maybe they're taking their cue from Mercedes-Benz who dumped Richard Thomas for Jon Hamm.

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