Actress-Singer Greice Santo, Grammy-Winning Producer Humberto Gatica Take Aim At Sexual Harassment

EXCLUSIVE: Actress-singer Greice Santo (Jane the Virgin) is completing a debut single with 16-time Grammy-winning producer Humberto Gatica to empower women to stand up to sexual predators and sexual harassment. The song, “Você Você,” is about how a woman wants to go out and dance but is relentlessly pursued by a man who harasses her and offers her money and work in return for sexual favors. The Spanish-language track will be available on iTunes next month.
The Brazilian…

EXCLUSIVE: Actress-singer Greice Santo (Jane the Virgin) is completing a debut single with 16-time Grammy-winning producer Humberto Gatica to empower women to stand up to sexual predators and sexual harassment. The song, “Você Você,” is about how a woman wants to go out and dance but is relentlessly pursued by a man who harasses her and offers her money and work in return for sexual favors. The Spanish-language track will be available on iTunes next month. The Brazilian…

Ashley Judd Seeks Gender Parity At WME & ‘Berlin Station’ – Sundance Film Festival

Today at Univision Communications’ Sundance panel, “Behind the Camera: Where Diversity Begins,” Ashley Judd shared some of the means by which she’s making changes for women and diverse groups in the current Time’s Up and post-Harvey Weinstein scandal era.
“I went into my agency WME and said that by 2020, I want this agency to be 50/50 male-female, including all ethnicities and people of sexual orientation. That means 50/50 needs to be included in all decision-making…

Today at Univision Communications’ Sundance panel, "Behind the Camera: Where Diversity Begins," Ashley Judd shared some of the means by which she’s making changes for women and diverse groups in the current Time’s Up and post-Harvey Weinstein scandal era. “I went into my agency WME and said that by 2020, I want this agency to be 50/50 male-female, including all ethnicities and people of sexual orientation. That means 50/50 needs to be included in all decision-making…

Sundance Adds New Code of Conduct Policy For All Festivalgoers Ahead of 2018 Edition

The festival has partnered with the Utah Attorney General’s office on a 24-hour safety hotline.

In the wake of the sexual assault reports that shocked the film industry in 2017, the Sundance Film Festival has expanded a longstanding code of conduct policy for staffers and volunteers to all festivalgoers ahead of the 2018 edition. The policy is the most direct, public response by the festival to questions of safety and appropriate behavior within the film industry since reports about Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual assault first made headlines in the fall.

While the code of conduct is listed on Sundance’s website, it is more prominently displayed in the menu for the festival’s app, used by many festivalgoers navigating the schedule throughout the 10-day event. The Code of Conduct reads in full:

Sundance Film Festival is an environment where bold, creative, and distinctive voices are celebrated.

Sundance Institute is committed to allowing attendees to experience the Sundance Film Festival free of harassment, discrimination, sexism, and threatening or disrespectful behavior. We reserve the right to role, without notice or refund, credentials or access to Festival events and venues for those who engage in such conduct.

We have partnered with the Utah Attorney General’s office to provide a 24-hour live hotline, which will open on January 12th, for those who are involved in or witness something that violates this Code of Conduct at 801-834-1944.

The festival’s partnership with the Utah Attorney General’s office Is new for 2018. While the move can be seen as part a larger effort by the industry to address calls for safer environments and firm procedures to address safety matters, the Weinstein scandal was linked to the festival by virtue of its legacy.

The initial article The New York Times about the distributor’s decade-spanning history of abuse noted that Weinstein regularly held court at the Stein Eriksen Lodge during the festival, where he was one of the more famous dealmaking characters. In 1997, actress Rose McGowan accused Weinstein of raping her in a Park City hotel room during the festival.

The festival has been expected to revise its policies in response to the past year for some time. “Sundance is really the first grand community gathering after all this has hit,” Sundance director John Cooper told Reuters in November. “So we’re looking for ways to form a community around it…and making it very safe — not only a safe to do your work but a safe place to talk about these issues.” Cooper added that Weinstein, last spotted in Arizona, had not requested a credential for the 2018 edition.

“The Sundance Institute and Film Festival denounce, in the strongest possible terms, the behavior of Harvey Weinstein as described by the growing number of women who have bravely come forward,” the festival said in an October statement. “The accusations are abhorrent and profoundly disturbing. We recognize that too often a pattern of abuse like this one thrives in the shadows, and we stand in solidarity with the courageous women whose honesty has helped shine a light on it.”

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival runs January 18 – 28 in Park City, Utah.

Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

Spurred by the multitude of sexual abuse scandals, top Hollywood executives have tapped Anita Hill to chair the newly formed Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. The commission made the announcement Friday following a meeting convened by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, Nike Foundation founder and co-chair Maria Eitel, Nina Shaw, and […]

Spurred by the multitude of sexual abuse scandals, top Hollywood executives have tapped Anita Hill to chair the newly formed Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. The commission made the announcement Friday following a meeting convened by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, Nike Foundation founder and co-chair Maria Eitel, Nina Shaw, and […]

Heather Graham Sees a “Shift In Culture” Following Weinstein Revelations

For more than a decade, Heather Graham kept quiet about an uncomfortable encounter with Harvey Weinstein in the early 2000s which the movie mogul implied she would have to have sex with him to get a movie role.
The actress, writer and director privately wrestled with the awkward series of conversations that included an invitation to meet Weinstein in his hotel room. She channeled some of her frustration writing and directing Half Magic, a raunchy comedy in which the…

For more than a decade, Heather Graham kept quiet about an uncomfortable encounter with Harvey Weinstein in the early 2000s which the movie mogul implied she would have to have sex with him to get a movie role. The actress, writer and director privately wrestled with the awkward series of conversations that included an invitation to meet Weinstein in his hotel room. She channeled some of her frustration writing and directing Half Magic, a raunchy comedy in which the…

James Toback, First-Hand: One Accuser Shares Her Story Using Her Diary and a Sketch

When one woman had a horrifying encounter with James Toback in 1998, she put it down in words and a picture.

On October 22, after reading Glenn Whipp’s incendiary James Toback investigation in the LA Times, Becky Wahlstrom scoured her journals. A veteran actress whose credits include “Joan of Arcadia” and “Mad Men,” she was 23 when she wrote a seven-and-a-half page entry on August 13, 1998 that described meeting Toback at the Beverly Hills Hotel for approximately five hours the night before.

Ostensibly, it was an audition for his film “Black and White”; Toback requested the meeting after seeing her deliver two lines in Don Roos’ “The Opposite of Sex.” She went to the audition without sides; she loved the idea that Toback liked to build his roles around his actors, a philosophy she embraced while studying at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago.

Read More: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Says He Knows At Least 15 Women Who’ve Been Accosted by James Toback

At the hotel, she met Toback in the lobby — along with a number of his friends. Toback invited the group to his room, and Wahlstrom’s diary recalls NBA players milling about, plus a rapper, and Toback’s cinematographer. He introduced her to all of them as if she’d already joined the “Black and White” cast that included Robert Downey Jr., Gaby Hoffman, Jared Leto, and Ben Stiller. When he encouraged her to grab a drink and kick off her shoes, she obliged.

The party hit a lull and they were left alone. Toback asked Wahlstrom if she could be trusted, then confessed that he once bribed to throw a basketball game while attending Harvard, and had lived in a commune under the nickname “Doorlocker,” where O.J. Simpson once paid a visit. Toback also said he’d killed people. (She assumed that meant he’d fought in the Vietnam War.)

“I’m going to change your life,” he promised. The phone rang, signaling a new guest was in the lobby. But before leaving, Toback hoisted her arm and licked her armpit hair.

Wahlstrom then called her roommate, put on her shoes, and paced on the room’s patio before making an exit. She encountered Toback in the hallway, who suggested they get acquainted over a barroom pool table. When she said no, Toback kept talking, moving back into his room, asking what was she was afraid of. “I am not going to fuck you, unless you told me you absolutely needed it,” he said.

Recognizing she was being manipulated by a man 30 years her senior, Wahlstrom grew more fearful. Toback said he wanted to rub his penis on her leg and twist her armpit hair while she twisted his nipples. “It’ll take all of 60 seconds,” he insisted. Instead, she screamed at him, pounded on his chest, and trashed his hotel room by throwing a glass coffee table, lighting a cigarette, and leaving.

She wrote it all down in her journal the next day, ending the entry with a note to God, pleading that she not get the part. “Me, that gung-ho young actress, really just didn’t want that opportunity,” she told IndieWire in a November 6 phone call. “How could I not have wanted that opportunity to be a lead in a film? He was that gross and he was just that unappealing that I was praying that he didn’t call my agent back and want to work with me, and then I’d have to force myself to make that decision.”

However, in rerereading the entry, Wahlstrom realized she’d forgotten something. She’d also drawn a pencil sketch of Toback: He is leaning far to his left, to avoid knocking over the nearby room service tray. His balding head is shaped like a large peanut, trimmed with curled sideburns and beads of beard under clenched teeth. His collared shirt is unbuttoned, exposing chest hair above a sphere of belly. Behind him is a canopied bed, and the open patio door. Toback’s hand hovers above his crotch, which he is rubbing; there are lines indicating movement.

“I know he didn’t pull his penis out,” Wahlstrom said, although she recalls Toback saying he wanted to do that. “But I feel like he grabbed himself a lot, I feel like he rearranged himself a lot, and I guess that’s why I drew him [that] way.”

Wahlstrom emailed photographs of the diary entry and her drawing to Whipp, becoming one of hundreds of new accusers that contacted him in a few short days, leading to the Beverly Hills Police Department’s ongoing investigation.

“I actually think it’s a perfect depiction of him,” Wahlstrom said. “It’s cartoony and grotesque, which is what he is and what he was in that room.”

Editor’s note: On October 22, the day the LA Times published its story, ICM agent Jeff Berg confirmed that he no longer represented Toback as a client; no other publicist, agent, or attorney could be identified. Washington Square Films, co-distributor of Toback’s last film, “The Private Life of a Modern Woman,” did not respond to a request for comment.

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‘Broad City’ Co-Creator and Star Ilana Glazer Reveals She’s ‘Fired a Couple Dudes’ for Sexual Harassment

The “Broad City” and “Time Traveling Bong” creator, executive, and star sounds off on her experiences on Instagram.

Ilana Glazer has zero tolerance for sexual harassment on her sets. The actress, comedian, writer, and executive producer and creator behind such series as “Broad City” and “Time Traveling Bong” recently took to her Instagram to sound off on both the burgeoning #MeToo movement and the ways she’s personally hit back at sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. As Vulture shares, Glazer posted on her Instagram a compelling two-fer, not just one that speaks to her own experiences with sexual harassment, but also how it has impacted her work.

Glazer wrote on Instagram: “I’ve been sexually harassed countless times, in middle school, in high school — by more teachers than students! at work as a waitress, at work as a showrunner! same same same – i was a woman in both places.” She also added that, just last year, she was harassed by a doctor and filed a complaint with New York City because of the incident. And Glazer’s tough stance against harassment has also changed the way she does her work.

She shared that she “fired a couple dudes — one background actor and one sound guy” because of their behavior on her sets. As Glazer sagely notes, “getting sexually harassed seems to be constant, but having the opportunity to do something about it is rare” (interestingly enough, in her post, she also makes mention of the fact that she was questioned about her firing decisions, and made it a priority to carry them out; even a woman in power like Glazer is still subjected to such second-guessing, and it’s hugely admirable that she never dropped the subject).

You can see Glazer’s full Instagram below:

#metoo – big queenly thanks to @tracelysette & @violadavis posting this so i felt brave enough to!

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