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The exhibition industry is introducing a phone hotline and a first-time code of conduct for its upcoming CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas.
The aim is to prevent sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior as the major studios trot out their upcoming releases and big-name stars. The measures come in the wake of Hollywood’s sexual misconduct scandals, as CinemaCon organizers look to ensure the safety of conference-goers.
“You can expect a good time. You can expect to be safe,” Patrick Corcoran, a spokesman for the National Association of Theatre Owners, told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. The measures include a 24-hour hotline during the convention that allows “attendees at any time to report the behavior if they are being harassed or witness someone else being harassed,” the event’s organizers indicate on their website.
Corcoran said all allegations received on the hotline will be investigated, and conference credentials will be revoked for anyone found to have crossed a line. He added NATO will contact the Las Vegas police if allegations of more serious sexual misconduct are received.
“The National Association of Theatre Owners is committed to allowing attendees to experience CinemaCon free of harassment, discrimination, sexism, and threatening or disrespectful behavior,” the website continues. “CinemaCon attendees violating this policy may have their credentials or access revoked without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers,” the new code of conduct states.
Corcoran said NATO has had no change of policy about sexual harassment and misconduct at its CinemaCon convention, but is instead making explicit what its stance on delegate safety has always been.
“It was never acceptable. You always were supposed to behave this way. We want to make it explicit and ensure there’s consequences for misbehaving and making everyone aware of it,” he added. NATO’s 2018 convention is set to be held April 23-26 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and around 6,000 delegates are expected.
The four-day gathering features theater owners and the studios showing off their summer fare and awards hopefuls while debating a changing exhibition business.
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