Anita Hill Commission Asks Hollywood For Millions To Fund Its Work Against Sexual Harassment


The Anita Hill-led Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace is asking Hollywood to pony up millions of dollars to fund its mission over the next five years. All the major networks, studios, talent agencies and guilds are being asked to contribute to cover the cost of its work.

“Everybody’s being asked to pitch in,” a source on the commission told Deadline. “Each organization is being asked to make a financial contribution, at different levels. There are a lot of start-up costs. They have circulated a budget, and they’re trying to fund the budget.”

The source wouldn’t give specifics on the budget, other than to say it’s “over $1 million a year, but less than $5 million.”

The WGA West, for instance, recently was asked to contribute $500,000 in equal installments of $100,000 over each of the next five years. At a recent board meeting, the guild approved the first payment and will re-evaluate its financial commitment to the program after one year.

The DGA also is known to have contributed “a sizable amount” for the effort.

The commission has a deep pool of other organizations to hit up for funding, and it has reached out to all of the commissioners who attended its founding meeting in December, including:

  • Film Academy CEO Dawn Hudson
  • AMPTP president Carol Lombardini
  • TV Academy president and CEO Maury McIntyre
  • Association of Talent Agents executive director Karen Stuart
  • Recording Academy president Neil Portnow
  • Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger
  • Paramount chair and CEO Jim Gianopulos
  • CBS chair and CEO Leslie Moonves
  • Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos
  • Warner Bros. chair and CEO Kevin Tsujihara
  • Sony chair and CEO Tony Vinciquerra
  • Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chair Jeff Shell
  • Amazon svp of business development Jeff Blackburn
  • CAA co-chair Bryan Lourd
  • WME co-chair Ari Emanuel
  • UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer
  • ICM Partners founding partner Chris Silbermann
  • SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris
  • DGA national executive director Russ Hollander
  • WGA West executive director David Young
  • PGA associate national executive director/COO Susan Sprung
  • WGA West executive director David Young
  • IATSE vp Mike Miller
  • Atlantic Records chair and COO Julie Greenwald
  • Universal Music Group chair and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge

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