The first season of A&E’s award-winning docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath explored the disconnection and breaking up of families stemming from the controversial religion. In the forthcoming third season, Remini and her co-host Mike Rinder continue to dive into the religion they were once part of to explore other abusive practices. The pair were joined on the Contenders stage with Co-Editor-in-chief Mike Fleming, Jr. to talk about how the new season of…
Leah Remini (Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath) is expanding her relationship with A+E Networks, signing a two-year overall first-look development deal to produce new unscripted projects for the A+E Networks portfolio.
This marks the first overall deal for A+E’s newly launched in-house nonfiction division, A+E Originals, designed to internally develop and produce premium nonfiction and documentary content for distribution across the A+E portfolio, including A&E…
A+E Networks has launched a new in-house nonfiction production unit called A+E Originals, with “Scientology and the Aftermath” star Leah Remini the first to sign to an overall deal.
A+E Originals will develop and produce nonfiction and documentary content for distribution across the A+E portfolio, including A&E Network, Lifetime, History, LMN and FYI. The division was created by A+E Networks Portfolio Group president Paul Buccieri, and will be run by former History executive Steve Ascher, now vice president of A+E Originals.
Under the two-year deal, Remini will develop new projects under the banner, in addition to her ongoing docu-series “Scientology and the Aftermath,” which was renewed for a third season last month.
“I am so incredibly proud of this show and the movement that has started around it which continues to grow each and every day,” Remini said in a statement. “I’m honored to have a home at A+E Networks and am grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to expand our relationship telling brave stories and bringing truth to light, no matter the obstacles.”
“Leah is an incredible talent and collaborator with a unique point of view and we are looking forward to developing her brand of brave storytelling to new topics,” added Buccieri. “The creation of A+E Originals provides the opportunity for us to partner directly with the industry’s best nonfiction storytellers like Leah, both in front of and behind the camera, to bring their ideas to audiences around the world.”
Remini is repped by APA, Art2Perform and Hirsch Wallerstein.
Her Emmy-winning ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ was renewed for a third season in March. read more
“Scientology and the Aftermath” co-hosts Leah Remini and Mike Rinder are defending Paul Haggis after the “Crash” screenwriter was accused of sexual misconduct, stating in an open letter that the accusations against Haggis come from information gathered about him during Scientology auditing sessions.
“We expect the next ‘revelations’ about Paul Haggis in this campaign to destroy him to be based on information culled from his scientology files in the form of more ‘anonymous’ accusers, hiding behind a lawyer who will never have to disclose who is paying their bill,” Remini and Rinder said in the letter, which was published on Rinder’s blog on Monday in a post titled “Concerning Paul Haggis.”
The Church of Scientology did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Remini and Rinder, both defectors from the church, said that defending someone accused of sexual misdeeds might be “politically incorrect,” but said it was “more important to us than being politically correct is standing up for what we believe is right.”
Remini and Rinder praised Haggis, also an ex-Scientologist, for being a “gentleman,” and lauded him for his works benefitting the LGBT community and women’s rights.
“Like those of us who were scientologists, we trusted and confided in our church to seek resolution for our shortcomings,” they said. “What is different about scientology is the detailed records they maintain of everything you tell them. And beyond that, they conduct intense interrogations based on the idea that only when all specifics and details are disclosed can one find relief. The names, dates, and minute details of any indiscretions, and even thoughts, are all recorded.”
Remini and Rinder continued in the letter to say that “only a scientologist can understand the pressure one feels to offer up even the slightest thing that the scientology organization might consider a transgression of THEIR mores,” and that information the church gathers about one of its members “is used against anyone who departs scientology and dares speak their mind.”
“This is not imaginary,” the letter stated. “There is a documented history of such things. When someone is a declared an “enemy” by scientology, they are fair game.”
“Those who accuse without going to law enforcement, those who seek hush money to keep their stories secret, those who make accusations to the media anonymously – they are suspect,” the open letter continued. “And when the target of these tactics is someone who is a prominent critic of scientology, it is very suspect.”
Remini and Rinder finished the open letter by saying that because of Haggis’ “record as a gentleman and humanitarian,” he deserves “to be judged when all the evidence has been taken under penalty of perjury in a court of law. Because claims of anonymous accusers who have NOT gone to law enforcement are not credible.”
The new accusers said that the alleged encounters took place between 1996 and 2015, and that Haggis lured them with the prospect of discussions of productions or a professional discussion. According to the Associatd Press, the new accusers unanimously said that Haggis initially attempted to kiss them; two accusers said that Haggis became more aggressive after they spurned his advances.
The woman accusing Haggis of rape said she was a 28-year-old publicist at the time of the alleged incident, and said that the filmmaker called her to his office to review photos from a television show that he was producing in 1996.
Haggis’ attorney denied the new allegations, asserting, “He didn’t rape anybody.” Haggis also denied Breest’s accusations, and has filed his own suit against Breest, alleging that he was targeted by a $9 million extortion attempt.
Leah Remini and Mike Rinder, Remini’s co-host on A&E series “Scientology and the Aftermath,” have posted an open letter defending director Paul Haggis, who was accused of sexual misconduct by four women in a Jan. 5 Associated Press report. Three of the women who accused Haggis — an ex-Scientologist, like Remini and Rinder — did […]
Facing accusations from four women of sexual misconduct, Paul Haggis has repeatedly pointed to the Church of Scientology as perhaps playing a role in the claims. Today Leah Remini and another high profile former Scientologist and critic of the organization has come forward to defend the Crash director and question the involvement of Scientology in what Haggis has called a “public hanging.”
“We expect the next ‘revelations’ about Paul Haggis in this campaign to destroy him…