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Friday, November 03, 2017

As the cascade of sexual harassment and assault allegations rock the entertainment industry, Hollywood's largest talent agencies are girding for tougher scrutiny of their working environments that, in many instances, have long been compared to that of a frat house.

Over the past six months, ICM and CAA have forced out male agents accused of sexual harassment of co-workers. Talent agency leaders are nervous about how aspects of their businesses will hold up to closer examination as fallout from the explosive allegations of Harvey Weinstein continue to ripple across the industry.

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Talent agencies have long been known for operating in a hothouse environment, spurred by intense competitive pressure and hard-charging, Type-A personalities. Stories of verbal abuse, long hours, and extraordinary commitment demanded by agents of their support staff are legendary. As privately held companies, Hollywood's largest agencies are also less vulnerable to concerns about bad PR than the networks and studios that are part of publicly held conglomerates. But people working at all levels of the talent agencies are now extremely nervous and hope this will mark a turning point in an industry that has long operated by its own rules.

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This is where the real explosion is about to happen...once the agents start going down they will drag their clients with them, it is getting ugly. Just in the last two weeks:

APA talent agent Tyler Grasham was fired for alleged sexual misconduct involving some clients that has expanded well beyond a workplace behavior issue into a criminal investigation by the LAPD.

At CAA, allegations from multiple female staffers brought a swift decision in September to part ways with Ryan Ly, a 12-year employee who was head of the TV lit department.

At ICM, allegations of inappropriate behavior from longtime employee Erik Horine, who was forced to resign in June, went unchecked for years despite concerns raised to senior agents in the TV department and the agency's human resources department.

At WME, Adam Venit on leave amid sexual harassment allegations involving actor Terry Crews.

From the article--

"The departures of Horine and Ly from ICM and CAA, respectively, are vivid examples of changing expectations for workplace standards. Amid Hollywood's extraordinary moment of reckoning with sexual harassment, it is highly likely that they won't be the last to face harsh consequences for bad behavior."

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-03 09:39 PM | Reply

Hollywood appears to be purging is sexual abusers. White house not so much.

#2 | Posted by leadbelly at 2017-11-04 02:02 AM | Reply

First they came for the Hollwood Execs...

:)

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-04 02:09 AM | Reply

Hollywood appears to be purging is sexual abusers. White house not so much. - #2 | Posted by leadbelly at 2017-11-04 02:02 AM

Unless you voted 3rd party (and maybe even then?) you were putting an accused sexual abuser into the White House.

#4 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-11-04 12:44 PM | Reply

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