Henning Benndorf has been a member of the religious order for over 20 years. He was a senior executive at Golden Era Productions while Ron Miscavige was there. Henning is also a musician, artist and visual effects artist with an excellent reputation in Hollywood.
Of the hundreds of staff I had under my supervision at Golden Era Productions—musicians, cinematographers, directors, actors, artists, grips, sets persons, mixers, administrative and human resources personnel, you name it—none came close to Ron Miscavige for his refusal to follow procedure or help the group to be successful. Ron was in a category by himself—the ultimate example of someone who would not work and who wasted people’s time. Of course, I regret that I gave him so many chances, owing to my respect for his son, the leader of the religion. I never wanted Ron to be a problem to his son and it was my desire to keep Ron from being a problem for others in general. He just is that type of person.
Ron was in a category by himself—the ultimate example of someone who would not work and who wasted people’s time.
When I visited the Music Department during my routine inspections, I would find Ron idle most of the time. He was constantly found to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and spent an inordinate amount of time standing in the kitchenette eating something or preparing something to eat. I’d see him spend a lot of time with the pastry chef in our A+ professional kitchen, preparing desserts when he was supposed to be playing music! Frankly, he was the most uncooperative staff member I ever dealt with and saying that he wasn’t “fulfilling his obligations” is an understatement.
Ron’s favorite refrain was to say he was “too old to create modern music” as an excuse to do whatever the hell he wanted. Who knows what this even meant. After all, we produce films with all types of music—jazz, classical, rock—you name it. So why Ron couldn’t simply work on things he could produce was a mystery to us all.
We have a saying in Sweden, Om man ger någon ett finger vill han ha hela handen. In English it’s give someone an inch and they’ll take a mile, meaning someone inclined to take the generosity of others for his own benefit not caring about the other guy. That fits Ron to a T.
I remember so many instances of Ron goofing off when we were working to produce religious training films.
Ron had an exceptionally whiny attitude.
I was very surprised by Ron’s criminal view and dishonest attitude.
We treated Ron with respect and tried to help him.
The amount of upset Ron could create from his argumentative relationship style was intolerable. It got so bad the Music Director didn’t want to deal with him at all. The Music Director had done everything he could to help Ron, giving him assignments, tutorials, assistance, you name it. Ron rejected all of it, and blamed the Music Director for even trying. I remember a few times when I had to go to the Music Department to get Ron out of the scoring rooms so that we could produce at all, because he was upsetting and distracting the rest of the team. The time spent by our Human Resources personnel to help him was mind-boggling. But no matter what they did, Ron never intended to get with it. The time and energy could have been better spent on a willing staff member instead.
We treated Ron with respect and tried to help him. We went out of our way to provide him assistance so he could have a good life, as he was getting on in age. We had long since reached the point that we didn’t even mind when he would be idle as we had become used to it after all those years. Further, I knew it would be better than causing trouble to others.
Ron was always demanding special attention and treatment, while producing very little. He didn’t care about anybody but himself.
We take care of our staff. We have staff who are advanced in years and we care for them without question. We always work to make their quality of life as good as possible. Yet Ron was always demanding special attention and treatment, while producing very little. He didn’t care about anybody but himself, while being the rudest and most selfish person I ever met.
Ron is simply forwarding a false story in order to attack his former religion out of spite or for profit—or likely both, based on my experience with him.
Senior Vice President