Stacy Hollins, president of Warner Bros. Television, had a big problem with Kevin Tanner, creator and show runner of the hit comedy program It’s a Man’s World. After nearly six years of sobriety following two DUI arrests, a divorce, and a suicide attempt, Tanner had relapsed, and Hollins was worried about both Tanner’s welfare and the future of a show that was a huge money-maker for her studio. When Hollins had suggested that It’s a Man’s World could go on production hiatus while Tanner entered a rehabilitation facility, Tanner’s agent had stated that his client would rather end the program for good?stopping one of Warner Bros. most successful and valuable sources of income?than face the embarrassment of having his creation suspended or run by someone else. Should Hollins simply fire Tanner, allow the show to remain in production with Tanner unchecked for two more months, or should she insist?despite the chance of losing It’s a Man’s World?that Tanner get help immediately? This case fosters quality discussions in leadership, organizational behavior, or business ethics courses that deal with sensitive personnel issues.
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