Jim Gianopulos has joined a newly formed Hollywood sexual misconduct commission, officially titled The Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, which will be chaired by Anita Hill and address issues of widespread harassment and power imbalance in the entertainment industry.
Anita Hill had famously risen to prominence after she made sexual harassment accusations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the 90s. Other top industry leaders that will be involved in the commission include Disney CEO Bob Iger, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, WME’s Ari Emanuel, and CAA’s Bryan Lourd.
As the commission leaders told leading entertainment industry publication “TheWrap”, the point of the committee is to “lead the entertainment industry toward alignment in achieving safer, fairer, more equitable and accountable workplaces — particularly for women and marginalized people”. Following the widely publicized report on sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, many successful Hollywood insiders have been outed and fired over their inappropriate and sometimes criminal behavior towards colleagues.
After their initial meeting late this December, the committee will reconvene at the beginning of 2018 in order to see what changes they can make to create a better environment within the entertainment industry. As Hill said, “it is time to end the culture of silence.”