As more and more actors and directors ask to have intimacy coordinators on the sets of their films and television projects, SAG-AFTRA is working to make the practice more standard. The SAG-AFTRA Sexual Harassment Work Group hosted some of the top entertainment industry’s intimacy coordinators in a discussion this week, and outlined the next phase of the company’s initiative to develop, standardize and codify appropriate protocols for intimacy coordination on sets.
“Engaging directly with our member leaders and the community of trained and experienced intimacy coordinators is a milestone in developing the necessary road map for advocacy and safety on set,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “This collaboration helps ensure that all voices in the industry are heard and will be reflected in the protocols.”
According to the company, this week’s meeting showcased the extraordinary expertise of the intimacy coordinator community and provided a collaborative setting for discussion about the development of appropriate protocols to cover highly exposed work, including nudity, simulated sex and other intimate situations. Lively discussions and real-life examples were highlighted to better underscore the needs and define the roles intimacy coordinators have on set.
The initiatives discussed will help define the new policies for exposed work; provide clear descriptions of the duties of intimacy coordinators and others involved in exposed work on productions; and will begin to lay the groundwork for a larger conversation regarding vetting, qualification and training of intimacy coordinators.
The recent attention on sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and across many sectors exposed abuses of power that pervade workplaces across the country and beyond. In response, SAG-AFTRA established the Four Pillars of Change initiative and issued a Code of Conduct and Guideline No. 1, the first of several industry guidelines to uphold professional standards and address the potential toxic culture and power imbalances that contribute to workplace harassment.
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