Oprah Winfrey has withdrawn as executive producer of the untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary set to have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in two weeks. The project is also being pulled from its planned AppleTV+ distribution.
The feature centers around a former music executive who grapples with whether to go public with her story of assault and abuse by a notable figure in the music industry – that person allegedly being Russell Simmons.
Winfrey says in a statement she wants it to be known that: “I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard. In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.”
She then goes on to say that given Dick and Ziering’s desire to premiere at Sundance, before Winfrey thinks the work is complete, she must step aside. She adds she: “will be working with Time’s Up to support the victims and those impacted by abuse and sexual harassment.”
Apple announced the documentary back in early December. Dick and Ziering previously helmed the much-acclaimed documentary feature “The Hunting Ground”.