'Wonder Woman 2' to use anti-sexual harassment guidelines on set

Angelo Anderson
January 23, 2018

On Friday, the Producer's Guild of America released a set of guidelines to prevent and deal with sexual harassment on film sets.

Last night's PGA Awards (January 21) saw confirmation that Wonder Woman 2 will be the first movie to use the guidelines, which will cover sexual harassment and recommendations for anyone involved in the making of a film, including witnesses and producers. The film had already replaced producer and financier Brett Ratner in November after a number of women accused him of sexual harassment, including Ellen Page, who worked with him on "X-Men: Last Stand".

The PGA claims training "should not be simply focused on avoiding legal liability, but must be part of a culture of respect that starts at the top", with co-presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary hope the guidelines will help cast and crew to "combat sexual harassment both on and off the set".

The guidelines include recommendations on how producers should act towards other people involved in the production, as well as a required anti-sexual harassment training course to be completed by all members of cast and crew.

While the project to create the anti-sexual harassment "best practices" came about after the Harvey Weinstein scandal - Weinstein has since been banned from the PGA for life - it's notable (for a few reasons) that the Wonder Woman sequel will be the first to follow the new suggestions.

The guild's board of directors unanimously ratified its Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines on Wednesday.

Other guidelines include asking each production to be vigilant to prevent harassment, protect any whistleblowers and assume whoever complains "is being honest until further inquiry can be undertaken".

The recommendations also offer advice to victims of harassment, starting with going to authorities if they believe a crime was committed, and taking notes shortly after an incident.

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