SAG-AFTRA announces plans to standardize on-set intimacy coordinators

Posted at 9:55 AM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 11:55:28-04

SAG-AFTRA announced on Sunday their plan to work with Alicia Rodis, the associate director and co-founder of Intimacy Directors International (IDI), to create a set of guidelines to try to prevent sexual harassment and exploitation during the filming of nudity or any other kind of “hyper-exposed” work on film and TV sets.

“The guidelines will seek to establish new, relevant policies for nudity and simulated sex; define the duties and standards for intimacy coordinators on productions; and specify acceptable training, vetting and qualifications of intimacy coordinators,” SAG-AFTRA described in a press release.

The organization aims to encourage productions to hire their own intimacy coordinators to oversee sex scenes. Official policies for nudity and simulated sex will be created.

“Our goal is to normalize and promote the use of intimacy coordinators within our industry,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement. “Intimacy coordinators provide an important safety net for our members doing hyper-exposed work. At a time when the industry still needs to make great changes, our initiative will ensure the safety and security of SAG-AFTRA members while they work and respects the boundaries of actors.”

Last year, HBO announced that they would hire IDI to oversee “The Deuce,” “Crashing” and “Deadwood.”

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