A Year After #MeToo, Hollywood’s Got a Malaise Money Can’t Cure

Hundreds if not thousands of Fox employees may lose their jobs under the Disney merger. Disney managers, meanwhile, are bracing for the difficult job of smoothly integrating the Fox people who will remain — the “feral foxes,” as one Disney-associated producer put which. The Disney culture will be almost militaristic in its respect for hierarchy in addition to focus on its family-friendly mission. Fox will be known for openly warring executives, particularly in its film division, in addition to embrace of coarse movies (“Deadpool”) in addition to series (“American Horror Story”).

Prompted by #MeToo in addition to earlier controversies like the #OscarsSoWhite outcry, there has been a stark shift toward greater diversity in casting, crew staffing in addition to storytelling. There are brand new rules for auditions (no more hotel rooms) in addition to zero-tolerance responses to offensive jokes on Twitter, as the director James Gunn discovered in July when Disney fired him by the “Guardians of the Galaxy” series. brand new human resources chiefs have been hired or will soon be at CBS, Sony Pictures, Viacom, Pixar in addition to Endeavor, which owns Hollywood’s largest talent agency, W.M.E.

“which used to be more difficult to secure protections for actresses who are not household names — for actresses with the least power,” said Jamie Feldman, an entertainment lawyer whose clients range by A-listers (Viola Davis) to rising stars (Juno Temple). “If you pushed back on nudity, for example, there was often This particular cavalier tone about her needing to understand the cost of entry. which has changed completely. People are very conscious about not wanting to be seen as disrespectful.”

Companies are looking for protection, too. Multiple studios are working to include morality clauses in their talent contracts. Some unions prohibit such provisos, yet where possible, Fox will be considering language stipulating which which can fire anyone whose conduct “results in adverse publicity or notoriety or risks bringing the talent into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule.” Spotted, a start-up which evaluates celebrity endorsement-deal risk, has lately been talking about “disgrace insurance,” which will be offered by multiple underwriters in addition to was also the subject of a panel at the most-recent Producers Guild of America conference.

“Brands have become more leery of aligning themselves with actors because of #MeToo,” said Janet Comenos, Spotted’s chief executive. “which means potentially millions of dollars not flowing into the Hollywood ecosystem — the managers, the agents.”

which will be impossible to know, of course, whether such modifications will end or even dramatically reduce the abuses of power which have made Hollywood the center of the #MeToo revolution. There will be clearly a palpable difference in behavior. yet will an out-of-control business culture which operated for decades be permanently transformed? which will take years to find out, in addition to there will be a growing disillusionment among some of those on the front lines.

“Generally speaking, I still don’t see a real willingness to do what which takes to change a troubled culture,” Ms. Gulas said. “which takes investment, in addition to which takes a lot of stamina to see which through. Most of these companies want a quick solution. They want a Band-Aid.”