Producers Guild of America Institutes Lifetime Membership Ban on Harvey Weinstein
The following is a statement from the Producers Guild of America (PGA): "As was recently reported, the Producers Guild's National Board of Directors voted unanimously to initiate proceedings to terminate the membership of Harvey Weinstein. The PGA Constitution requires that members be given 15 days' notice before disciplinary action is taken. The Guild has received notice that rather than addressing the Guild's charges, Mr. Weinstein elected to resign his membership in the Producers Guild.In light of Mr. Weinstein's widely reported behavior-with new reports continuing to surface even now-the Producers Guild's National Board has voted unanimously to enact a lifetime ban on Mr. Weinstein, permanently barring him from PGA membership. This unprecedented step is a reflection of the seriousness with which the Guild regards the numerous reports of Mr. Weinstein's decades of reprehensible conduct. Sexual harassment can no longer be tolerated in our industry or within the ranks of Producers Guild membership. As stated previously, the PGA's Officers and National Board of Directors have created the Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force specifically charged with researching and proposing substantive and effective solutions to combat sexual harassment in the entertainment industry." ABOUT THE PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA (PGA) The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The Producers Guild has more than 8,100 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with employment opportunities, seeking to expand health benefits, promoting fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as encouraging sustainable production practices. For more information and the latest updates, please visit ProducersGuild.org, www.PGAGreen.org, and www.PGADiversity.org, and follow us on Twitter @ProducersGuild.