UPDATE, with Equity statement The Producers Guild of America is expanding its Independent Production Safety Initiative to include anti-bullying trainings “with the goal of eliminating workplace violence and aggression.” The move comes in the wake of bullying accusations against Broadway and Oscar-winning movie producer Scott Rudin.
The guild said that it is also forming a task force “to examine these issues within our membership and the entertainment business at large. We stand committed to working with our colleagues at other organizations to eradicate this behavior.”
“We are deeply disturbed and disheartened by the continuing allegations of workplace harassment and abuse in our industry, and stand with those who speak out against such violence and intimidation in all forms,” the PGA said in a statement. “We must work together to make our industry a more equitable and safe place for everyone involved, no matter what their level or role.”
Following the release of the PGA statement, Actors’ Equity Association called on The Broadway League – the trade organization representing stage theater owners and producers – to follow suit in publicly addressing the allegations against Rudin.
“Now that the Producers Guild of America has made a statement our members are wondering why the Broadway League has gone more than two weeks without taking action or making a statement after one of their members has been credibly accused of bullying and harassment,” said Equity Executive Director Mary McColl in a statement.
The League has not commented on Rudin.
Rudin has stepped back from his film and streaming projects, as well as his Broadway productions, in the wake of a recent Hollywood Reporter story in which former employees described his workplace bullying and harassment. “I am profoundly sorry for the pain my behavior has caused and I take this step with a commitment to grow and change,” he said on Tuesday.
-Greg Evans contributed to this report