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Tina accepted the job offer from Peggy with enthusiasm. Her request to take a month off before starting work was granted, the person retiring could work with her remotely if needed and she would be on all emails as well as sent some provisional scripts to look over.
Peggy assured her that if she wanted to do nothing over the month that was fine, she would just work her ass off for her later. The money was more than she was making before and she would have a staff and free rein to move projects forward. Make good movies, make me money was all Peggy said.
Tina was excited about the prospect. She would be out of the day to day production on set, but would have full operational control of the budget, script selection, writing process and final product. Her hours would be more manageable since she would not be required onsite 24/7 and she could work from home. It was a big responsibility but with that came the perks of creativity and flexibility.
The conversation with Aaron did not go as smoothly. Having fired Eric immediately following the results of the blood work, he hired a female “Executive Advocate” to meet with all women on staff to show that the company was invested in creating a culture of safety and respect.
There were rumors of pay offs and deals made with women to ensure their silence. Eric’s group of followers were put on mandatory trainings to raise awareness of personal space and rights.
Aaron was livid that Tina resigned because he felt it sent the wrong message about the direction of the company and it’s brand new “Culture of Respect”. Now that his golden prodigy Eric was a disgrace, Aaron hoped to give Tina all the responsibility Eric had. She wanted no part of it. It was a tense meeting to say the least.
With the announcement of Tina leaving, the staff was in an uproar. Many writers submitted their resignations as well, following her to be part of her new team. The entire Grip team walked off mid production and the Director of Photography was right behind them.
Aaron finally offered her a large settlement check to make any pending lawsuits on her behalf go away. It was a considerable sum and Tina had it wired into a savings account then agreed to Bette’s suggestion she hire someone to box up her personal items in her office, not wanting to return to get her things.