Since the Harveyquake first thundered, this newsletter has been flabbergasted, apoplectic and dumbfounded by the total abdication of leadership of Hollywood’s entire poobah class, in the face of the greatest crisis and demonstration of moral insolvency in the business’ history.
But now, with the titans refusing to take charge, the women of Hollywood are charging into the leadership vacuum with an effort serious and mega-wattage high-powered enough to redraw the face of the entire industry.
The Ankler can now reveal that – sound the trumpets – a committee has been formed!
Assembling under the working name “Time’s Up!” a group has been meeting in secrecy in the labyrinths of the Creative Artists Agency since the dawn of this crisis. In contrast to the ineffectual wishlists issued by such groups in the past, Time’s Up has been working towards a concrete list of changes to the industry, with hard, verifiable benchmarks to certify progress. “50/50 by 2020” has become a hashtag ready rallying cry for many members.
Meeting every Friday morning in a conference room at CAA, the group is not a mere collection of mid-level rank and file, but includes some of the biggest name brand names and most powerful players in Hollywood. Regular attendees include Kathleen Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey, Amy Pascal, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Megan Ellison, Jill Soloway, Natalie Portman, Kellie Bush and Katie Abrams, as well as representatives from all the major agencies. The group has swelled to as many as 50 members in recent meetings, with CAA’s Maha Dakhil acting as facilitator.
Among the issues on the table: harassment, female representation across the workforce, pay issues and disclosure of past issues, including payoffs.
Discussion is in progress about how soon to reveal the group’s existence (formally) and how concrete a list of demands to put forward. However, when a group with this sort of power-wattage stesp forward at this moment not only of total chaos but in a complete leadership vacuum, Hollywood would be hard-pressed to sweep under the rug whatever they put forward.
And as the memory of this moment is sure to haunt for decades to come, if this group remains active, demanding accountability, naming names and certifying progress, they could at last be the force Hollywood has needed to push change through, after decades of good intentions, empty promises and little progress.
The Ankler has been calling for the formation of a Kennedy/Ellison commission to take charge for weeks, and now here it is. There’s little hope of us turning the corner on this moment without some force to certify that change, this time, is really coming. When Time’s Up steps forward, the poobahs of Hollywood ignore it at their own peril.
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