Skip to comments.Thousands Sign Open Letter to End Gender Pay Bias in Hollywood (tr)
Posted on 08/25/2018 3:22:43 PM PDT by EdnaMode
Sterling K. Brown, Ava DuVernay and Jane Fonda are among thousands of people who signed an open letter calling on the entertainment industry for gender pay equality for production workers.
Its time for the Entertainment Industry to take a hard look at its pay and compensation practices above and below the line to make sure all productions meet the legal and moral requirement to pay fairly without discrimination, says the letter, which will be delivered to the heads of major studios, networks and production companies.
Entertainment union IATSE hired Working IDEAL to evaluate the gender wage bias in four female-dominated crafts in film and television production. The study, which was completed in January 2018, showed a history of gender segregation and stereotyping, along with wage disparity of hundreds or even thousands of dollars per week less than counterparts in comparable male-dominated crafts.
The letter also notes that by reducing womens economic security and power, the persistent gender pay gap in our industry makes it harder for women to challenge the harassing and abusive behavior that the #MeToo movement and the launch of Times Up have brought to public light.
It says, In the current age of #MeToo and the launching of Times Up we have seen that some production companies have moved to correct gender-based wage inequality for actors working on the same projects, but there has not been any similar effort made to address wage gaps for those working behind the scenes. It is time for real change.
The letter is endorsed by the ACLU and several other groups. Other signatories include Charlie Day, Don Cheadle, Dan Fogelman, Mandy Moore, John C. Riley, Wanda Sykes, Aisha Tyler and more.
How about the studio janitors get paid same as the lead actors?
So if a movie with man as lead makes 100 million but a movie with a woman as lead makes 5 million will they get paid the same?
Good point LOL but there's a lot more. It takes hundreds of people to make a movie, will they pay them all the same now?
that's a what good socialism demands-- EVERYBODY is equal.
You hit on a good point. Movies with women in the lead roles, from what I hear, tend not to do nearly as well at the box office. They tend to be chick flicks if I can use that term. There’s a market and audience for such movies, but they just don’t bring in as much revenue.
So if they don’t bring in as much revenue, where does the money to pay them come from?
Or we could look at the WNBA vs. the NBA. The WNBA attendance, tv ratings, revenues are a small fraction of the NBA. So accordingly, WNBA stars ezrn a fraction of their NBA counterparts.
Or at least not blacklisting them.
These ‘thousands’ should get together and form their own production-distribution company, and pay everyone the same: Use their OWN money to institute their own egalitarian society.
Eating their own... Buon appetito!
If you read carefully they are pushing the idiotic comparable worth BS. Where “someone” decides a woman seamstress should be paid as much as a male finish carpenter. A management nightmare the left has been
pushing forever. Ridiculous. If a woman wants to be paid like a finish carpenter she should become finish carpenter.
You pay for the going rate for the talent that sells the most tickets.
End of story.
According to Forbes, the highest paid actor in 2017 was Mark Wahlberg at $68 million.
However, based on this website, Arts and Entertainment sectors only contributes to 5% of GDP - and Hollywood is probably less than that percentage - so in the overall scheme of things, Hollywood isn't all that important.
...though it seems to be a bastion of white, male privilege...
Easy to solve. Just pay everyone $100/wk.. That would be equal and about what they are worth. Simple solution.
The lowest paid person on a set in Hollywood is a Body Double for $33,000.
Thus, the ratio of the highest to lowest paid person is 2060x, higher than that reported in this Huffpo article on "outrageous CEO pay".
Off with their heads!!
Why haven't the Hollyweirdos demanded to know why ex-US Sen Chris Dodd, a Democrat, who was in a position to do so, as the
Motion Picture Association of Americas chairman/CEO, did nothing about Weinsteins ongoing atrocities against struggling actresses? Is this connected to their being underpaid?
Dodd recently exited the MPAA post. Charles H. Rivkin, is current Chairman & Chief Executive Officer.
The MPAA says it is the voice of the global film and TV industry, a community of storytellers at the nexus of
innovation, imagination, and creativity. In the US (and around the globe), the MPAA brags that the film and TV
industry drives the creative US economy. Is this connected to their being underpaid, as well?
MPAA members are:
<><> Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures,
<><> Paramount Pictures Corporation,
<><> Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.,
<><> Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation,
<><> Universal City Studios LLC,
<><> Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
MPAA WEB SITE https://www.mpaa.org/who-we-are/
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
15301 Ventura Blvd. Building E
Sherman Oaks, California 91403
PHONE (818) 995-6600
Please list the female-dominated areas and the male-dominated areas.
There is unrest in the forest,
There is trouble with the trees,
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas.
The trouble with the maples,
(And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light.
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made.
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade.
There is trouble in the Forest,
And the Creatures all have fled,
As the Maples scream oppression,
And the Oaks just shake their heads.
So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights.
“These oaks are just too greedy;
We will make them give us light.”
Now there’s no more oak oppression,
For they passed a noble law,
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe, and saw.
Lyrics of the song The Trees
That’s the idea.
Rock stars make more than the people setting up the equipment or the cleaning people who work very hard after a concert.
And finally, the highest paid pro athlete make a lot more than the ticket sellers and ticket takers.
Back in the 1980’s, in the hinterlands anyway, non-speaking extras got $35 per day plus lunch.
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