The Producers Guild of America is expanding its independent production safety initiative to include anti-bullying training “with the goal of eliminating violence and assault in the workplace.” The move follows bullying charges against Broadway and Oscar-winning film producer Scott Rudin.
The guild said it is also forming a working group “to look at these issues within our members and the entertainment industry in general.” We are committed to working with our colleagues in other organizations to eradicate this behavior. “
“We are deeply disturbed and disheartened by the persistent allegations of workplace harassment and abuse in our industry, and we support those who speak out against such violence and bullying in all its forms,” the PGA said in a statement. “We need to work together to make our industry a fairer and safer place for everyone involved, regardless of their level or role.”
Rudin walked away from his film and streaming projects, as well as his Broadway productions, following a recent Hollywood Reporter story in which former employees described his bullying and harassment at work. “I am deeply sorry for the pain my behavior has caused and I take this step with a commitment to grow and change,” he said on Tuesday.