Some of the most powerful figures in the entertainment industry are coming together to form a commission that will tackle the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace.
The commission will be chaired by Anita Hill.
The Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace is being formed in response to widespread revelations of pervasive sexual harassment and assault in the media and entertainment industries, a cascade of revelations that started in early October with multiple accusations against former Weinstein Company co-founder Harvey Weinstein.
Attorney and professor Anita Hill, who gained notoriety in 1991 when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about alleged sexual harassment committed by Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, will chair the commission.
“I’m proud to be leading this newly formed Commission on a long overdue journey to adopt best practices and to create institutional change that fosters a culture of respect and human dignity throughout the industry,” Hill said. “We will be focusing on issues ranging from power disparity, equity and fairness, safety, sexual harassment guidelines, education and training, reporting and enforcement, ongoing research, and data collection,” Hill continued. “It is time to end the culture of silence. I’ve been at this work for 26 years. This moment presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to make real change.”
The plan was finalized at a meeting convened by producer and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, with the support of a cross section of women in the entertainment industry.
“The Commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and inter-related causes of the problems of parity and power,” Kennedy said. “The fact that so many industry leaders — across film, television, music, digital, unions, agencies, ATA, AMPAS, television academy and guilds — came together, in one room, to explore solutions speaks to a new era.”
The commission, which is expected to meet after the first of the year to begin defining its mission, scope, and priorities, includes the following people:
— Jeff Blackburn, SVP Business Development, Amazon;
— Gabrielle Carteris, President, Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA;
— Ari Emanuel, Co-Chair, William Morris Endeavor;
— Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO, Paramount;
— Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group;
— Julie Greenwald, Chairman/COO, Atlantic Records;
— Russ Hollander, Executive Director, Directors Guild of America;
— Dawn Hudson, CEO, Academy Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences;
— Bob Iger, Chairman/CEO, Disney;
— Bryan Lourd, Co-Chairman, Creative Artists Agency;
— Carol Lombardini, President, Alliance Motion Picture and Television Producers;
— Maury McIntyre, President/COO, Television Academy;
— Mike Miller, 4th International VP/Dept. Director, Motion Picture & TV Production/IATSE;
— Leslie Moonves, Chairman/CEO. CBS Corp.;
— Neil Portnow, President, Recording Academy NARAS;
— Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix;
— Jeff Shell, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group;
— Chris Silbermann, Founding Partner, ICM Partners;
— Susan Sprung, Associate Executive Director, Producers Guild of America;
— Karen Stuart, Executive Director, Association of Talent Agents;
— Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman/CEO, Warner Bros;
— Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman/CEO, Sony;
— David Young, Executive Director, Writers Guild of America;
— Jeremy Zimmer, CEO, United Talent Agency.
—City News Service
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