SAG-AFTRA Issues New Rules for Sex Scenes With ‘Intimacy Coordinators’

IndieWire | 1/29/2020 | Staff
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SAG-AFTRA on Wednesday announced new landmark on-set safety standards and guidelines for crew members who oversee scenes involving sex and nudity. The union said its goal is to thwart sexual harassment, by providing a common set of policies and practices for what it refers to as “intimacy coordinators,” to help performers and productions handle sexually sensitive scenes.

“These protocols and guidelines will help to normalize and encourage the use of intimacy coordinators in productions, therefore ensuring the safety and security of SAG-AFTRA members while they work,” union President Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement.

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Among recommendations from SAG-AFTRA, said intimacy coordinators will:

Meet with the executive producer/writer and director to determine degree of nudity and specifics of simulated sex.

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Meet one-on-one with performers prior to the rehearsal and filming of an intimate scene.

Ensure continued consent throughout rehearsals and filming.

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Review nudity riders, scene content, modesty garments and barriers with performers, directors and assistant directors.

Alicia Rodis, Associate Director and Co-Founder, Intimacy Directors International, said: “This is a homerun for our members and the entire industry. Having Intimacy Coordinators on sets where simulated sex and other forms of intimacy are present, better protect SAG-AFTRA members and all other...
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