@swthompson: None of the articles seem to delve into this, but I think it may be hard to fully remove Gaynor because he may still be part-owner of Fullbright? He is one of the three founders of the original LLC, though I don’t see much thorough info out there on if at some point the company was bought by any other investor.
The articles do mention Gaynor belittling employees in front of “leadership”, but it’s unclear to me who that is. If it’s studio leadership I have no idea, as I don’t think there has ever been public studio heads of Fullbright other than Gaynor and other founders. If it’s publisher leadership, that makes a little more sense.
Evidently Gaynor sees himself as Fullbright and Fullbright is Gaynor, based on the reporting. I assume it took considerable pressure from Annapurna to even make him step aside into just a writing role. Annapurna doesn’t own Fullbright, but if his behaviour was threatening the project they could exert some pressure on internal studio operation and make him step aside. Anyway, if Gaynor still has any ownership in Fullbright, it might be difficult to fully remove him unless everyone else with ownership in the company basically demands that he have absolutely no involvement in the day-to-day operation of the company.
It honestly would make more sense for everyone to just quit the studio and let the name wither and die.
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