Months After HBO Max’s Original Docuseries Generation Hustle debuted on the service, a team representing WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann says the streamer changed some language in an episode charting the startup’s rise and spectacular demise.
In a press release sent to an employee of The edge earlier this week, defamation lawyer Thomas A. Clare — who now represents the well-known tequila enthusiast and reported that he wanted to become immortal — announced that HBO Max will be sharing parts of a . had changed Generation Hustle episode, titled “Cult of WeWork,” as well as the description on the HBO Max site.
Previously, the show’s description stated that it combined “true-crime capers with fresh, shiny tales of charismatic counterfeits” and “colorful impostors,” according to a version of the site filed at Wayback Machine. Both the characterization of the series as ‘true crime’ and the aforementioned description of the subjects have since been removed.
The service also changed the language in the end cards shown in the episode by specifying that while Neumann is under investigation, “no criminal or regulatory charges have been filed.” The episode now includes language that is WeWork preparing to go to the fair. As the language in the cards and the show and description have been updated, an HBO spokesperson told Max The edge that no changes had been made to the episode itself. Deadline previously reported on the changes.
“HBO has done the right thing here by immediately retracting these false implications about Adam and WeWork’s history, and we applaud the network for taking these responsible steps,” Neumann’s attorney Clare said in a statement. “The media has repeatedly misunderstood Adam’s story, and we hope these responsible steps from a reputable point of sale will end the mischaracterizations of Adam’s successful role in creating a transformational company.”
An HBO Max spokesperson told: The edge that Clare’s blending of the changes with HBO – rather than HBO Max – was incorrect. The company had no further comment on Wednesday.
When asked by The edge As to why the edits were announced nearly six months after the show’s April premiere, a spokesperson for Neumann’s team said the changes were made “in the past few days.” Neumann retained his defamation attorney on Jan. 14, 2021, the spokesperson said.