Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Kim Masters on September 29, 2020.
Releasing the first results from a long-gestating industry survey, the Hollywood Commission — chaired by Anita Hill — has shared grimly unsurprising findings, including that fewer than half of those who participated believe the industry has made progress in addressing power abuses since the #MeToo movement began three years ago.
“People feel there is a lack of accountability for misbehavior,” Hill says. “As many as 64 percent of our sample said they thought people in power or authority would not be held accountable for harassment that was found to exist.”
As a first step toward addressing the industry’s intractable cultural problems, the commission — in conjunction with its member organizations, including the major entertainment companies, agencies and guilds — is creating a cross-industry anonymous reporting platform that will help identify abusers, with plans to start rolling it out in the first quarter of 2021. Ninety-one percent of respondents to the survey expressed a need for such a reporting platform, Hill says, adding, “People are clamoring for accountability.” …