The resource covers auditions, nude and simulated sex scenes, options for reporting misconduct, and more.
TIME’S UP Releases Safety Guide for Entertainment Industry Ahead of Golden Globes
Alyssa Milano, Entertainment, Michelle Hurd, Safety, Tina Tchen
Los Angeles (January 3, 2020) – Today, TIME’S UP Entertainment released a new resource series, The TIME’S UP Guide to Working in Entertainment, which provides accessible and comprehensive information for those in the entertainment industry who may experience or witness workplace misconduct, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, unwanted touching, sexual assault, and rape.
“The entertainment industry is not a typical workplace, so figuring out your rights and options around workplace harassment, discrimination, and misconduct can be confusing,” said Alyssa Milano, an actor and activist who consulted on the Guide. “As a community, we came together to develop these resources to help people in entertainment understand that no matter your situation, you do have the right to be safe and respected on the job.”
The TIME’S UP Guide to Working in Entertainment was born when actresses, fed up with systemic inequity, misogyny, and harassment, sought a way to help other industry professionals facing the workplace indignities and dangers that they had endured throughout their careers. In researching how to promote existing catalogs of rights and options, they discovered that no exhaustive guide for entertainment professionals existed and that even incomplete guidance was hard to locate and frustratingly complicated.
TIME’S UP Entertainment collaborated with actresses, filmmakers, intimacy coordinators, production crew members, union workers and leaders, attorneys, and allied organizations to devise a guide for people in the entertainment industry who find themselves in situations that are at best awkward, or at worst, dangerous.
“It’s time for survivors to feel empowered over the predators. Artists and other entertainment workers must know we have rights, that we are not alone, and that we can and should speak up without retribution when we feel unsafe, bullied, or intimidated,” said Michelle Hurd, an actor, advocate, and survivor who consulted on the Guide. “There is power in our words and voices. It’s time that we are heard and consequences are enforced.”
Featuring three volumes, the guide covers best practices for common circumstances in which people have historically been preyed upon in the entertainment industry, such as in auditions and intimate, nude, and simulated sex scenes. It also includes practical guidance on individuals’ options and rights for addressing inappropriate behavior.
“Too many people in the entertainment industry are facing physical, emotional, and financial harm. We know because we unfortunately hear about it all the time,” said Tina Tchen, president and CEO of the TIME’S UP Foundation. “This resource is one of many ways TIME’S UP is working to ensure everyone is treated with safety, respect, and dignity in the workplace, no matter what work you take on.”
TIME’S UP is releasing the new guide almost exactly two years after its first public action at the 2018 Golden Globes when founding members, supporters, and activists turned the red carpet black to highlight issues of workplace discrimination occurring across industries, geographies, occupations, and economic status. Since then, TIME’S UP Entertainment, one of TIME’S UP’s industry change initiatives, has continued to fight for safety, equity, and a balance of power across the entertainment industry.
To download The TIME’S UP Guide to Working in Entertainment, click here.
Entertainment professionals can also access these guides instantly in moments of need – anytime, anywhere – by simply texting SAFESETS to 306-44.
TIME’S UP Entertainment
TIME’S UP Entertainment works to promote safety, equity, and power for women of all kinds, people of color, and working members in the entertainment industry. TIME’S UP Entertainment is an initiative of the TIME’S UP Foundation, the industry and impact arm of TIME’S UP.
TIME’S UP Foundation
The TIME’S UP™ Foundation is the industry and impact arm of TIME’S UP. We enable more people to seek justice through the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund™. We pioneer innovative research driving toward solutions to address systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace through the TIME’S UP Impact Lab. And we support industry leaders in shifting the paradigm of workplace culture toward one of safety, equity, and dignity for women of all kinds through TIME’S UP’s industry change initiatives. The TIME’S UP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.