Netflix introduces new anti-harassment training for film crews in wake of #MeToo movement
Netflix has introduced new anti-harassment training for productions after the many Hollywood sexual misconduct scandals over recent months.
Many instances of workplace harassment were brought to light when the #MeToo movement encouraged women in the entertainment industry to start coming forward with their stories. Kevin Spacey was among those accused of sexual misconduct, which meant filming for Netflix’s House of Cards was quickly pulled to a halt.
The streaming service has now implemented new training for film and production crews to ensure “a safe and respectful working environment”.
New rules imposed on set reportedly include no prolonged staring, no lingering hugs, no flirting and no asking for a colleague’s phone number.
An on-set runner working on the new season of Black Mirror told The Sun: “Everyone was spoken to about #MeToo.
“Senior staff went to a harassment meeting to learn what is and isn’t appropriate. Looking at anyone longer than five seconds is considered creepy.
“You mustn’t ask for someone’s number unless they have given permission for it to be distributed. And if you see any unwanted behaviour, report it immediately.”
They continued: “It has sparked jokes, with people looking at each other, counting to five, then diverting their eyes.”
Netflix has refused to comment on the truth of the report, but did say in a statement: “We’re proud of the anti-harassment training we offer to our productions. We want every Netflix production to be a safe and respectful working environment. We believe the resources we offer empower people on our sets to speak up, and shouldn’t be trivialised.”