The Producers Guild of America has just voted to begin termination proceedings for Harvey Weinstein, although he won’t be officially expelled from the organization until next month.
In a statement, the presidents of the Producers Guild, Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary, said that the board had voted unanimously on Monday to “institute termination proceedings” concerning Harvey Weinstein. According to the Producers Guild’s Constitution, Weinstein is to be given three weeks to respond, after which the organization will meet again to take a final vote.
Weinstein will therefore officially be kicked out of the Producers Guild of America on Nov. 6, 2017. It’s safe to say that nothing will happen between now and then to change the board’s mind about kicking Weinstein out of the guild, and this three week delay is just necessary due to the organization’s rules.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Producers Guild Constitution notes that any member who is to be kicked out of the guild must be given a copy of the charges 15 days before they are terminated. At that point, they have the right to appear before the board and contest before the vote is taken.
In a statement today, the Producers Guild said that the industry must tackle issues of sexual harassment head on.
“Sexual harassment of any type is completely unacceptable,” the Producers Guild said in a statement. “This is a systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate and industry-wide action…The PGA calls on leaders throughout the entertainment community to work together to ensure that sexual abuse and harassment are eradicated from the industry.”
The Producers Guild also announced the creation of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force, which has been charged with proposing solutions to the issue of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.
This decision comes after Harvey Weinstein was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the organization that votes on the Oscars. This was a huge step for the Academy to take, as never in its history has it expelled a member for any similar reasons; the only other person they ever expelled had leaked movie screeners online. Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby remain members.
The Academy’s expulsion of Harvey Weinstein came as he had already been suspended from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Later this week, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the organization that votes on the Emmys, will make a decision about whether to expel Weinstein; Weinstein primarily worked in film, but he also produced shows like Project Runway and Scream.
Harvey Weinstein has produced some of the most successful and critically-acclaimed films of the past 20 years, including Pulp Fiction, Scream, Shakespeare in Love, Clerks, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Gangs of New York, Chicago, Sin City, The King’s Speech, The Artist, Django Unchained, and Silver Linings Playbook. He was considered to be one of the most influential producers in the industry, but over the past two weeks, over 40 women have come forward with accusations of sexual harassment and assault. Weinstein has since been fired from the company he co-founded, The Weinstein Company, which is reportedly going to be changing its name and will likely be sold or shut down.