Even a few of his greatest backers say he wants to alter.
“He’s had a bad temper,” mentioned the billionaire David Geffen, who alongside his fellow mogul Barry Diller has been co-producing Mr. Rudin’s current Broadway exhibits, “and he clearly needs to do anger management or something like that.”
The New York Times interviewed dozens of actors, writers, brokers, producers, traders and workplace assistants who’ve labored with Mr. Rudin, examined monetary data of his stage exhibits and reviewed courtroom papers from his many authorized disputes. What emerged confirmed a lot of what was detailed by The Hollywood Reporter and supplied a fuller image of how he used and abused energy, not solely in his workplaces, but in addition as he alternately cultivated and castigated colleagues in any respect ranges of the leisure business.
“There’s always, with Scott, two sides to the coin, depending on what he wants,” mentioned Robert Fox, a British producer who collaborated with Mr. Rudin for a decade till, as occurs with a lot of Mr. Rudin’s relationships, the 2 had a contentious falling out. “He can treat people impeccably well, or disgracefully badly, and there’s not much in between.”
After Mr. Rudin’s many years of dominance, his comeuppance — if that’s what it’s — arrives because the leisure business is considering a post-pandemic future that many hope will look totally different from the previous.
‘It’s loopy that so many within the business find out about it.’
The Rudin worker handbook, distributed to new staffers, outlines strict guidelines of conduct. “Rude, offensive or outrageous behavior” is verboten. Co-workers should deal with each other with “patience, respect and consideration.” Be courteous and useful. Don’t ship offended or impolite emails.
But workers swiftly discovered that there was one individual to whom these guidelines didn’t apply: the boss.