Producers guild unveils anti-sexual harassment guidelines

Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The Producers Guild of America has ratified guidelines for combating sexual harassment in the entertainment industry including requesting

Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The Producers Guild of America has ratified guidelines for combating sexual harassment in the entertainment industry including requesting

The guidelines were unanimously ratified by the Producers Guild's board of directors on Wednesday.

The guidelines first go about describing what is sexual harassment in Hollywood production terms (examples include quid pro quo offers of jobs in exchange for sex and creating hostile work environments with unwanted advances, jokes, or derogatory comments). According to the document, a big issue is properly educating everyone on what counts as sexual harassment and common misconceptions about it. It also mentions that sexual harassment is "gender neutral and orientation neutral" and can be "perpetrated by any gender against any gender".

The voluntary guidelines from the Producers Guild of America (PGA) recommend that all productions provide in-person anti-sexual harassment training for all cast and crew before the start of each season. Training is to cultivate a respectful environment rather than just focusing on legal liability. Also, for every person who reports a case of sexual harassment, zero retaliation can be implemented on them from the producer, i.e. being fired for speaking up and so forth. "... it is our obligation to change our culture and eradicate this abuse".

Lucchesi is the president of Lakeshore Entertainment, an American independent production company and worldwide sales distributor, which has produced films such as the Kate Beckinsale-headed Underworld series and the Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby.

In laying out a protocol for victims and witnesses, first and foremost the PGA urges that anybody who feels they are the victim of a crime to report it to authorities immediately.

The guidelines were the initial recommendations of a task force created in October when sexual harassment scandals began to sweep through Hollywood, resulting in dozens of producers and actors being accused of harassment, mistreatment, and sexual assault of women working there, Variety reported. "We will continue to work with them, the industry-wide Commission led by Anita Hill, and other organizations in our community until sexual harassment is eliminated from the entertainment workplace".

The complete document containing the guidelines can be viewed here.

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