Groups representing actors, directors and others in Canada’s film and television industry say a code of conduct will be one of several steps toward tackling sexual harassment in the industry.
The recent allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and other prominent celebrities has shone a light on harassment in the industry.Some say sexual misconduct has long been a reality in Canada’s film scene, and they contend it’s a problem that appears to be growing.
More than a dozen organizations convened a closed-door meeting on Thursday in Toronto to discuss what can be done to curb the problem.They issued a statement that says a code of conduct would clearly define what is inappropriate behaviour as well as what the consequences would be for those who commit such actions.
The groups also agreed to create more effective ways to report such behaviour without fear of retribution.
Kendrie Upton, executive director of the Director’s Guild of Canada, B.C., of the meeting said, “I’ve never seen a coming together like this before, and it’s inspiring to see.The conversation in the room was alive and exciting and, you know, I think there’s a lot of work to be done, we want to do it right the first time.”