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Anita Hill’s Hollywood Commission Launches Industry-Wide Workplace Culture Survey

A summary of the anonymous survey’s results to be released in 2020

The Hollywood Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality, led by chair Anita Hill, launched a workplace culture survey on Wednesday to help combat harassment and bias in the entertainment industry.

“Due to the heroic and brave work of many, we all now know there are serious problems of harassment, bias and mistreatment of others in Hollywood,” Hill said in a statement. “What we need to get our arms around, if we’re going to come up with effective solutions, is reliable data that reveals the specific nature and actual extent of those problems as well as the cultural environment that enables and hides them.”

The anonymous survey, the commission said, aims to “establish a baseline regarding the current culture of the entertainment industry,” “understand the nature and extent of misconduct,” “identify systemic problems that create and support power abuses, and prevent and/or discourage workers from raising concerns,” and “identify any gaps in access to representation, advocates, systems, and support.”

The survey will be administered by the non-profit Ethics and Compliance Initiative and is open to any professionals who have worked — or have sought work — in the entertainment industry. This includes “actors, directors, producers, writers, musicians, singers, dancers, craftspeople, hair and makeup artists, wardrobe and costume stylists, technicians, drivers, assistants, agents, managers, publicists and executives,” the commission announced.

A summary of the survey’s results are expected to be released in early 2020.

“The aim here is to help us develop as complete an understanding as possible of the issues facing the entire industry,” Hill said. “The more varied the mix of industry employees, freelance, long term, support staff, executives, etc. who participate in the survey, the more illuminating and useful it will be.”

The Hollywood Commission, a policy-setting organization, was first conceived in 2017 during the rise of the #MeToo movement. The commission’s members come from studios, agencies, trade associations, and unions like Warner Bros., WGA, SAG-AFTRA, Netflix, Amazon, CAA, and AMPAS.

The survey is available here.