Hollywood Heavyweights Set Up Commission on Sexual Harassment

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Hollywood Heavyweights Set Up Commission on Sexual Harassment


Parfitt, Orlando, Screen International


Anita Hill named commission chair.

Kathleen Kennedy

Hollywood heavyweights including Disney chairman/CEO Bob Iger, AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos are supporting a new Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.

According to a statement, the commission will “lead the entertainment industry in achieving safer, fairer, more equitable and accountable workplaces - particularly for women and marginalised people”.

At the meeting, convened by Kathleen Kennedy, Maria Eitel, Nina Shaw and Freada Kapor Klein, top industry execs agreed to form and fund the commission.

It will be led by professor and attorney Anita Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991 during his Senate confirmation process.

Kennedy said: “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. 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.”

Anita 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. …

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