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NBC Fires Talent Booker Matt Zimmerman for ‘Inappropriate Conduct’

Zimmerman Joins Recently Ousted Mark Halperin at the Network

NBC News says it has fired Matt Zimmerman, its top talent booker, for “inappropriate conduct” with more than one woman at the network.

Zimmerman used to be in charge of arranging guests for the Today show but in 2014 was promoted to vice president and led the behind-the-scenes unit responsible for such bookings at all NBC News programs.

“We have recently learned that Matt Zimmerman engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than one woman at NBCU, which violated company policy,” the news division said in a statement. “As a result he has been dismissed.”

Messages sent to Zimmerman were not immediately returned Tuesday.

NBC recently fired political contributor Mark Halperin, who had been accused of sexual harassment by several women dating to when he worked at ABC News more than a decade ago.

Women at NBC News brought Zimmerman’s alleged behavior to the attention of the company amid the heightened attention on sexual harassment that has resulted from the allegations brought against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, comedian Louis C.K., director Brett Ratner, NPR executive Michael Oreskes and a host of other media and entertainment industry names.

At least one woman told the company’s human resources department that her career was damaged as a result of a relationship with Zimmerman, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to comment publicly and requested anonymity.

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  • renamoretti1

    Very disturbing on every level.

    Disturbing if the accusations are founded (and my guess is they are).

    Disturbing if “accusations” get people fired in Hollywood. Not that I’d expect anything other than a massive CYA operation from those Profiles in Courage…