TCA 2018: Paramount Network Pulls Weinstein Credits for ‘Waco,’ ‘Yellowstone’

Network officially rebrands from Spike TV on Jan. 18 1/15/2018 1:06 PM Eastern

Pasadena, Calif. -- Days before the Paramount Network’s official launch, the network further distanced itself from the troubled Weinstein Co. regarding two of the network’s original series during its Television Critics Association winter press tour event Monday. 

Kevin Kay, president of the Paramount Network -- which will officially take over the Spike TV brand Jan. 18 -- said that the network would not list the Weinstein Co. in the production credits for scripted drama series Waco and Yellowstone despite its involvement in the production of both shows.

The announcement came in the wake of the sexual harassment scandal revolving around Harvey Weinstein.

“I want to say definitively that Harvey Weinstein has never been apart of the creative process of the show and he does not have a credit on the show,” said Kay. “Until they have a new name for the company and a new path forward they will not be listed in the credits.”

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As for the network relaunch, Kay said the network will serve as an outlet for premium TV content on basic cable. “We’re premium network without a premium price – we are in a unique position to deliver for our audience,” he said.

The network also announced the April 2 premiere of I Am MLK Jr., a documentary on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Produced by filmmaker Derik Murray, the documentary will feature interviews with civil rights-era activists to contemporary writers, activists and historians, as well as big names from sports, entertainment and media, said network officials.

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