The Hollywood Commission – which works with 26 leading corporations, unions and guilds, academies and talent agencies to end discrimination, harassment, bullying and abuse in the entertainment industry – has launched its second Entertainment Survey aimed at giving a voice to entertainment industry workers and provides the community with critical insights into the progress made toward meaningful systemic change over the past five years. The poll is live here now, and the Hollywood Commission encourages all members of the community to participate in the anonymous poll.
Chaired by Anita Hill and founded by board members Kathleen Kennedy and Nina Shaw, the Hollywood Commission was established in 2017 to bring together entertainment industry executives, independent experts and consultants to collectively take the steps needed to combat the culture of abuse and power inequalities in the United States the hollywood world to undertake industry.
The second survey, seeking responses from community members by November 27, 2022, builds on the results of this groundbreaking work. As the Commission and partner companies bring new resources, initiatives and training to workplaces across the entertainment industry, this second survey is a temperature check to specifically identify what progress has been made and where work needs to be done.
With a target of 20,000 responses – more than double the number of the first survey – the new survey will include expanded demographics to ensure representation in all communities; an additional focus on employees working in the gaming industry; new questions that measure and evaluate whether and how people experience colorism; and questions focused on survivor support and the resources victims of retaliation need to get back into the industry. The survey is open to entertainment professionals in television and film, advertising, live theater, music, broadcast news, talent advocacy, public relations, corporate recruitment and the gaming sector from countries such as the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK and other countries across Asia, Oceania and the South Pacific.
When the results are tabulated, the Hollywood Commission expects to learn where systems can be improved. Responses to the surveys will focus the Commission’s efforts over the next few years – informing the issues it will raise for the community and where the organization will prioritize its resources.
“As we seek to determine the systemic advances we’ve made over the past several years, the second Hollywood Commission Entertainment Survey is more important and in many ways more momentous than our first,” Hill said. “With this new edition, we hope to double participation in the first survey, which will help us gain the insights we need as we continue to focus on our next phase of work. The key to this will be participation – we need to hear directly from all workers about their experiences. We look forward to working with our partners to encourage everyone in the industry to respond and participate securely and anonymously.”
The first survey of its kind, released in 2020, received responses from 9,630 entertainment industry employees, resulting in insightful responses including:
65% of respondents did not believe that a powerful person like a producer or director would be held responsible for harassing someone with less power
Only 28% of respondents who have experienced an incident of gender-based harassment, unwanted sexual attention, or sexual assault have reported it to their employer – because they feel they will not be believed, will be harmed, or face retaliation.
While men and women reported gender-based harassment (degrading jokes or comments based on gender, sexually rude language, and insults) at similar rates (62% of men, 67% of women), women experience unwanted sexual attention (42%), sexual assault ( 20%) and sexual assault (5%) about twice as often as men (22%, 9% and 2% respectively).
The results of the new Hollywood Commission poll are expected to be completed and released in early 2023.