BAFTA Joins Time’s Up to Call for Summit on Sexual Misconduct – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: BAFTA has become the latest influential UK industry body to call for a high-level summit to address historic allegations of sexual misconduct amid a growing #MeToo movement on television.

BAFTA has joined with Time’s Up UK in calling for major industry players to come together to find a way to improve accountability when survivors of bullying and assault file complaints about their experiences, sometimes years after they happened.

In a statement sent to Deadline, BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry said: “We join Times Up UK in calling on the industry to come together at a high-level summit to address the urgent need for a consistent and reliable industry-wide approach to responding to allegations of bullying and harassment.

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It follows Time’s Up yesterday calling for the creation of an independent authority to deal with allegations of sexual misconduct. This authority, he said, would be a safe space where people could report allegations and would have the power to investigate when evidence points to a pattern of behavior.

Berry did not approve of the idea of ​​an independent sexual misconduct unit, but said she wanted the industry to make “meaningful changes to the culture and work practices to support those who file complaints. and better protect all those who work in the screen industries “.

She added, “BAFTA is stepping up its work with its industry partners to encourage employers to adopt the Bullying, Harassment and Racism Prevention Guidelines that we have developed in partnership with the BFI and other organizations. in response to these problems. ”

A spokesperson for BFI said: “We are engaged in a number of ongoing conversations around this important and complex area.”

BAFTA’s intervention is important, given that the organization itself has been caught in the crosshairs of historical allegations of sexual misconduct against Noel Clarke. He presented Clarke with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award earlier this year, although he was made aware of allegations of sexual misconduct against the Armored Star.

The BAFTA made an effort to review the anonymous accusations it received, but could not resolve the issue before handing out the award. It is currently reviewing its procedures for honoring people with special rewards, but has repeatedly stated that as an independent charity it lacks the authority to investigate allegations of historic sexual misconduct.

Separately, Time’s Up UK has also called for privacy coordinators to become mandatory on UK shoots. it comes after I can destroy you designer Michaela Coel highlighted their work by accepting her BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress on Sunday.

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