The Producers Guild of America today posted newly ratified guidelines aimed at combating sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.
Guild Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary said in a statement accompanying the new guidelines: “For the past three months, the PGA’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force has been working diligently on a set of concrete and pragmatic recommendations for producers and team members to recognize and combat sexual harassment both on and off the set. We’re proud to announce that the Task Force has finished the first stage of its work, resulting in the PGA Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines accompanying this email.”
The statement notes that “while the PGA is a voluntary membership organization, the PGA’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines are sanctioned as best practices for our members.”
The guidelines suggest that all productions for film and television offer in-person harassment training and provide multiple avenues for alleged victims of harassment to lodge complaints.
The AP notes that the task force was set up following revelations about film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was expelled from the PGA last year.
“The guild’s board of directors unanimously ratified its Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines on Wednesday. The Los Angeles-based guild has over 8,000 members and represents those in film, television and new media,” the AP reports. “Other guidelines include asking each production to be vigilant to prevent harassment, protect any whistleblowers and assume whoever complains ‘is being sincere until further inquiry can be undertaken.’”
The AP adds: “The guidelines also ask that producers be sensitive to power dynamics and conduct all meetings ‘in an environment that is professional, safe and comfortable for all parties.’ Weinstein has been accused of holding meetings in hotel rooms, in which women accuse him of misconduct.”