WeWork’s infamous founder got HBO Max to tweak a documentary about him

Months after the original HBO Max docuseries The restlessness of the generation debuted on the service, a team representing WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann said the streamer changed his language in an episode that mapped the startup’s dramatic rise and demise.

In a press release sent to a member of staff at The edge earlier this week, defamation attorney Thomas A. Clare – who now represents the known tequila enthusiast and has declared an immortal aspirant – announced that HBO Max had altered parts of a The restlessness of the generation episode, titled “Cult of WeWork”, along with its description on the HBO Max website.

Previously, the show’s description said it combined “capers of real crime with fresh, shiny stories of charismatic counterfeits” and “colorful impostors,” according to a version of the site archived on Wayback Machine. The series’ characterization as a “real crime” and the aforementioned description of its subjects have since been removed.

The service also changed the language in the end cards shown in the episode, specifying that while Neumann is under investigation, “no criminal or regulatory charges have been laid.” The episode also now includes language that WeWork is preparing to release to the public. As the language in the cards, show, and description have been updated, a spokesperson for HBO Max said The edge that no changes had been made to the episode itself. Deadline earlier reported the changes.

“HBO has done the right thing here by quickly removing these false implications on Adam and the history of WeWork, and we applaud the network for taking these responsible steps,” Neumann’s attorney Clare said in a statement. communicated. “The media has repeatedly misunderstood Adam’s story, and we hope that these responsible steps taken by a reputable media outlet will help put an end to misinterpretations of Adam’s successful role in building a transformational business. . “

A spokesperson for HBO Max said The edge that Clare’s confusion of the changes with HBO – rather than HBO Max – was incorrect. The company had no further comments to share on Wednesday.

Asked by The edge Why the changes were announced almost six months after the show premiered in April, a spokesperson for Neumann’s team said the changes had been made “in the last few days.” Neumann withheld his defamation lawyer on Jan. 14, 2021, according to the spokesperson.