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Spurlock exits Warrior Poets after sexual misconduct admission

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has exited Warrior Poets, the New York-based studio he founded with producing partner Jeremy Chilnick. The announcement, which was made Thursday evening (Dec. 14), came hours after publishing ...
December 15, 2017

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has exited Warrior Poets, the New York-based studio he founded with producing partner Jeremy Chilnick.

The announcement, which was made Thursday evening (Dec. 14), came hours after publishing a lengthy personal essay detailing incidents of sexual misconduct.

The Academy Award-nominated filmmaker revealed that he was once accused of rape during his university years and was the focus of a sexual harassment settlement “around eight years ago” after Spurlock referred to a female employee at the time as “hot pants” and “sex pants”.

“On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately,” said company co-founder Chilnick and partner Matthew Galkin.

“We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.”

Phone calls to Warrior Poets seeking further comment were not immediately returned.

In addition, NBA superstar LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment has reportedly cut ties with Spurlock on a planned docuseries focusing on the opening of James’ “I Promise School” — a new public school dedicated to supporting at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

Realscreen was unable to reach SpringHill representatives.

Spurlock’s Warrior Poets has produced multiple award-winning films, digital series and television programs.

Spurlock has helmed such feature-length documentaries as Supersize Me, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2004; Supersize Me 2: Holy Chicken, recently acquired by YouTube Red following a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival; The Greatest Movie Ever SoldOne Direction: This is Us; and Rats.

Also at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, Spurlock presented an episode from the eight-part series Cultureshock, produced by Warrior Poets in association with Entertainment Weekly and set to air on A&E in 2018.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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