Thursday, Apr 10, 2003
Exec Producer Fired Over
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) -
The executive producer of
a CBS miniseries about Adolf
Hitler's rise to power has been fired
after giving an interview in which he
compared the current mood of Americans to
that of the Germans who helped Hitler rise
According to The Hollywood
Reporter, Gernon was fired
Sunday (April 6) from Alliance Atlantis,
the production company making "Hitler: The
Rise of Evil" for CBS. He had worked there
11 years and was head of the firm's
long-form programming division.
Neither Gernon nor Alliance Atlantis is
commenting on the matter.
caused controversy ever since CBS
announced its intentions last summer.
In an interview with TV Guide about the
four-hour film, scheduled for May,
Gernon compares many Americans'
acceptance of a war in Iraq to the
fearful climate in post-World War I
Germany, of which Hitler took advantage
to become its ruler.
"It basically boils down to an entire
nation gripped by fear, who ultimately
chose to give up their civil rights and
plunged the whole nation into war," Gernon
said in the interview. "I can't think of a
better time to examine this history than
Gernon's remarks reportedly didn't go
over well at CBS, which has tried very
hard to frame "Hitler" as a historical
piece that in no way sensationalizes or
offers excuses for Hitler's actions.
Alliance Atlantis has become one of the
leading producers of TV movies in recent
years. The company has made "The Matthew
Shepard Story," "Joan of Arc," and "Me and
My Shadows: Life with Judy Garland."
Gernon was an executive producer of all
three. He also directed "Hell on Heels:
The Battle of Mary Kay," which aired on
CBS earlier this season.