Wonder Woman 2 will be the first film production to officially adopt the Producers Guild of America’s anti-sexual harassment guidelines. The PGA issued guidelines on Friday for producers, cast, crew, and other team members to recognize and combat sexual harassment both on and off set. The announcement that Wonder Woman 2 would be the first production to implement the new recommendations was made at the PGA Awards on Saturday by the presidents of the Guild (via iO9).
Joining the PGA trade association is voluntary, and the Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines are sanctioned as “best practices” for its over 8,000 members. “Producers possess authority both on and off the set, and can provide key leadership in creating and sustaining work environments that are built on mutual respect,” PGA presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary said in a statement.
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The guidelines provide several recommendations, including that each production: complies with federal and state laws, offers a range of reporting procedures, and provide in-person anti-sexual harassment training for all members of the cast and crew at the start of any production, including at the start of any new season for ongoing productions.
The recommendations also note that reports of sexual harassment are to be listened to with attention and empathy, “while bearing in mind that the report itself does not predetermine guilt.” They also outline protocols for victims, witnesses, and producers to follow, including the need to document incidents. “Reassure the reporting party that the production takes harassment very seriously and that s/he will face no retaliation for reporting. The production should move quickly to address the allegations or engage a third party to do so, allowing for as much transparency as can be provided.”
The guidelines, ratified by unanimous vote of the PGA’s board of directors last week, are the initial recommendations from the PGA’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force. They were created in response to the explosive reports published by The New York Times and The New Yorker in October that detailed extensive, long-term sexual abuse of women in Hollywood by producer and executive Harvey Weinstein. (Weinstein received a lifetime ban from producers guild shortly thereafter.) Since then, actors James Franco, Dan Harmon, Danny Masterson, Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Tambor, Louis CK, and director and producer Brett Ratner are among those who have also been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct. Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman, previously confirmed that Ratner, whose company helped finance 2017’s Wonder Woman, won’t be involved in the sequel.