Sex and safety on set: intimacy coordinators in television drama and film in the VOD and post-Weinstein era

Sørensen, I. E. (2022) Sex and safety on set: intimacy coordinators in television drama and film in the VOD and post-Weinstein era. Feminist Media Studies, 22(6), pp. 1395-1410. (doi: 10.1080/14680777.2021.1886141)

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Abstract

This article examines the work of Intimacy Coordinators on television drama and film sets and the rise of this new role in the screen industry from a policy and production studies perspective. Since HBO made the employment of an Intimacy Coordinator mandatory on all productions with scenes of sex, nudity, and physical intimacy in 2018, intimacy coordination has become an industry standard and expectation. Through interviews and analysis of production practices, this article explores how Intimacy Coordinators change and challenge established production practices on and off set and interrogates the reasons behind the emergence of this role in the screen industry. It situates intimacy coordination in the context of recent industry policies and initiatives that promote equality and diversity, and counter harassment and abuse in the post-Weinstein era. It analyses this role on relation to changing production and distribution models and regimes in the era of VOD portals. The article argues that intimacy coordination is not only a catalyst for reforming practices on set, but a way for the screen industry to negotiate contemporary and historic concerns about sexual harassment and abuse, comply with recent policy and funding requirements, and a mechanism for mitigating economic and reputational risk to productions.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sorensen, Dr Inge
Authors: Sørensen, I. E.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Feminist Media Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1468-0777
ISSN (Online):1471-5902
Published Online:15 February 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Feminist Media Studies 22(6): 1395-1410
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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