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On Friday, the Producer’s Guild of America released a set of guidelines to prevent and deal with sexual harassment on film sets. Yesterday, it was announced that the first film to implement those guidelines will be Wonder Woman 2.
This announcement came at the Producer’s Guild of America Awards on Saturday, as reported by Vanity Fair. This announcement comes after November’s news that that the Wonder Woman production had parted ways with producer and financier Brett Ratner, who was accused of sexual harassment by a number of women, including Ellen Page (who worked with him on X-Men: Last Stand) in a bracing account.
It’s a move in keeping with the ideals of Wonder Woman, a powerful, liberated woman who protects the innocent and has served as an inspiration for women for decades.
The PGA guidelines, released on Friday, outline a number of ways film productions can stymie the tide of sexual harassment on sets, from the basic — obey local and federal guidelines regarding sexual assault — to more proactive efforts, including designating advocates on set to whom workers can report concerns without fear of reprisal.
“Sexual harassment can no longer be tolerated in our industry or within the ranks of the Producers Guild membership,” said PGA presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary. Their statement went on to say that, “We are in a transitional moment as a society, in which we are re-evaluating behaviour in the workplace and beyond.”
“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.”
Both star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins will be returning for the Wonder Woman sequel, which is planned for release by DC Films in 2019.