FD News: Academy updates for post-Weinstein era; Winslet’s regrets; Apatow speaks Allen
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences updates, but questions remain
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has updated its Standards of Conduct for members in light of the ongoing sexual harassment scandal rocking Hollywood and the entertainment industry at large.
CEO Dawn Hudson sent a letter to the membership, in which she said that it is a “difficult time” and that the “challenging process will not be solved overnight”. Hudson’s letter also outlined how individuals can report claims of workplace misconduct, adding that the “Academy’s goal is not to be an investigative body, but rather ensure that when a grievance is made, it will go through a fair and methodical process.”
However, there are still questions about whether the Academy plans to oust members like Roman Polanski and Kevin Spacey following its expulsion of Harvey Weinstein’s membership back in October. Is this an example of Hollywood’s virtue-signaling? Stay tuned with FD – there’s more on this to come.
Kate Winslet expresses she has “bitter regrets” after working with Allen and Weinstein
Speaking at the London Critics’ Circle film awards on Sunday night, Winslet, who has worked with both Woody Allen and Harvey Weinstein, said she had “bitter regrets” over the “poor decisions” she made in working with a number filmmakers. Winslet commented that she had decided to speak out after having witnessed the Women’s Marches last week.
Judd Apatow fires back at Keaton on Twitter following defense of Woody Allen
Producer and director Judd Apatow (The Big Sick) has hit back at Diane Keaton following her defense of director Woody Allen, amid allegations he sexually assaulted his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow. Apatow responded to Keaton’s tweet, in which the Manhattan and Annie Hall star reaffirmed her belief in Allen’s innocence, instructing her followers to watch a 1992 video of the director defending himself.
Apatow responded with: I see a man who wanted what he wanted and didn’t care that he was having an affair with a 19-year-old when he was 54 who was also his daughter’s sister,” referring to Allen’s relationship with his stepdaughter, Soon-Yi Previn, who later became his wife. He raises a strong argument – now it’s up to Keaton whether she responds or backs off.
BBC aims to create “a fairer and more equal” organization with five-point plan
Female BBC presenters are to receive “substantial” pay rises following an investigation into the BBC’s alleged gender pay-gap issue. The investigation, carried out in association with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, has led to the UK broadcasting company to publish a five-point plan to help “create a fairer and more equal” organization.
The Beeb has also proposed the introduction of a £320,000 ($449,000) salary cap for its news presenters. It appears the pubcaster is addressing the issue head-on – and all its taken is a gender pay gap scandal, a barrage of criticism from the UK public, and the loss of one of its senior editors.