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Nick fires Loud House’s Savino

Viacom-owned Nickelodeon in the US has fired the creator and showrunner of children’s animation The Loud House after he was accused of sexual harassment.

Chris Savino

Chris Savino was suspended by Viacom on Thursday after reports in Cartoon Brew and then The Hollywood Reporter contained allegations from almost a dozen women accusing him of inappropriate behaviour.

Now Nickelodeon has sacked Savino, who has also worked on The Powerpuff Girls. “We take allegations of misconduct very seriously and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment that is free of harassment or other kinds of inappropriate conduct,” Nick said in a statement.

Nickelodeon Group president Cyma Zarghami also sent an internal memo urging anyone who had been subject to any “uncomfortable situation at work” to come forward.

Nick said the second season of The Loud House, which follows the middle sibling in an 11-child family, would continue to air, with the third run slated for 2018.

Savino has yet to respond to the allegations, with his firing the latest development as fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to hit both the movie and TV industries.

Amazon Studios boss Roy Price resigned from the company earlier this week following his suspension after allegations of sexual misconduct.

Amazon said it had accepted Price’s resignation, which came after Isa Dick Hackett, one of the producers on drama The Man in the High Castle, said Price had made unwanted sexual advances towards her two years ago.

The Weinstein Company sacked co-founder Harvey Weinstein following multiple allegations of sexual harassment against the Hollywood producer.

The production giant has now taken on private equity investment from Colony Capital and is in talks regarding a sale of its assets to the firm in the wake of the sex scandal.

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