'Wonder Woman 2' Will Be The First Movie To Adopt Hollywood's New Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines

Wonder Woman 2 will be the first movie 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 the set.

The news that Wonder Woman 2 would be the first production to implement the new recommendations was made at the PGA Awards on Saturday presented by the presidents of the Guild.

Joining the PGA is voluntary, and the Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines are described as “best practices” for its 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.

The guidelines provide several recommendations, including that each production does the following:

  • Complies with federal and state laws
  • Reporting procedures
  • In-person anti-sexual harassment training for all members of the cast and crew at the start of production and at the start of any new season for ongoing productions.

The recommendations also note that the 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.”

The PGA’s recommendations also outline a guideline for reporting for victims, witnesses and producers to following, including documenting all 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 were ratified by a unanimous vote of the PGA’s board of directors last week and are the initial recommendations from the PGA’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force. They were created in response to the reports of long-term sexual abuse of women in Hollywood by producer and Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein. Keep in mind, Weinstein received a lifetime ban from the PGA shortly thereafter.

Since then, James Franco, Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, and director Brett Ratner are among those who have been accused of sexual harassment.

Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman, previously confirmed that Ratner, whose company helped finance 2017’s Wonder Woman, will not be involved in the sequel.

Wonder Woman 2 hits theaters on December 13, 2019, with director Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot returning for the superhero sequel.

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