Kate Wilson is the co-founder of an app upcoming call Call It, whose purpose is to target and report sexual harassment in the film industry. Here are all the details.
Call It, the app that denounces harassment in the film industry
When she was 24, the film producer Kate Wilson she was sexually harassed at work. The violence was so severe that Wilson left the United States and returned to the UK, with a major impact on her career.
“It was 21 years ago,” he said, “and I’m only comfortable referring to it now.” Co-founder of an upcoming application, Call It, Wilson is determined to ensure workplace bullying, discrimination and harassment have no place in the film industry e television of the United Kingdom.
She was motivated to co-found the app, along with the director Delyth Thomas and to the manufacturer Jules Hussey, after the Guardian’s investigation into the actor and producer Noel Clarke earlier this year. “I was horrified,” she said, of the revelations. All three co-founders have first-hand experience of bullying or misconduct, Wilson says.
Call It! allows film and television industry workers to report incidents of harassment, bullying and abuse of managers or officers senior manufacturers on their sets. The leaders will receive a anonymous overview and high level of what happened.
“Alerting the producers that this is happening,” says Wilson, “gives them the opportunity to go talk to the cast and crew and remind them that there is a zero tolerance approach. It also makes sure that training is provided, if the reports keep coming ”.
The data will be stored, allowing executives to monitor the mood and the Welfare of their workers in real time. “This will force them to get their heads off the sand and allow them to take action where needed,” Wilson said.
The right support for the victims
Additionally, the app will tell individuals the appropriate support. For example, a woman who reports sexual harassment would be referred to the emergency services.
Users would also be directed to specific policies of their employer in the workplace. At the same time they would be given the contact details of a person to send an email to, if they choose to give up their anonymity and make an official complaint.
“We can’t force individuals to report but we can make sure that information is available if they need it, so they know what their rights are. This is part of the problem in our industry. People don’t know what their rights are, ”Wilson said.
The app was built by Hull-based Sauce developers and funded by donations from Film and TV Charity, Sara Putt Associates and Directors UK, as well as private donors. It is in experimentation phase and tests from a number of UK-based production and post-production companies, TV productions and feature films, with a view to a UK-wide launch before the end of the year.
Data collected through the app will be aggregated and sent to Birmingham City University’s Sir Lenny Henry Center for Media Diversity, anonymously. Call It! it will not solve the endemic rot within the UK film and television industry, Wilson said.
“The application is no substitute for being a good producer or leader. He is a facilitator. Indicate the resources. It does not solve the problem. We need human beings who ultimately solve these problems ”.