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Major entertainment players launch commission to fight sexual misconduct

The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry after a huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

The Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace grew out of a meeting called by Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy and several other prominent women in the industry. It will b e chaired by leading lawyer Anita Hill.

"The commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and interrelated causes of the problems of parity and power," Ms Kennedy said in a statement.

The chief executives of nearly every major Hollywood studio, TV network and record label attended the meeting and agreed to found and to fund the group, the statement said.

The list includes Disney chief executive Bob Iger, Karen Stuart of Paramount, Universal Music Group boss Sir Lucian Grainge and CBS chief Leslie Moonves.

The movie and music academies and many of the major agencies and unions that represent entertainers also signed on.

"The fact that so many industry leaders - across film, television, music, digital, unions, agencies ... and guilds - came together, in one room, to explore solutions speaks to a new era," Ms Kennedy said.

The group chose as its chairwoman the law professor Ms Hill, who brought the concept of sexual harassment to national consciousness in 1991 when she testified during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas.

"It is time to end the culture of silence," she said in a statement. "I've been at this work for 26 years. This moment presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to make real change."

The commission said it would reconvene in the new year to hone its mission, scope and priorities.

The revelations about Weinstein in October sparked two months unlike any the media world has seen, with nearly daily allegations of sexual harassment, assault and abuse that have ensnared some of the most prominent players in entertainment including Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Dustin Hoffman and Russell Simmons.


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