UK reports citing new workplace rules for crews on Netflix productions sound over the top.
New rules reportedly include no looking at anyone for longer than five seconds, no lingering hugs, no flirting and no asking for a colleague’s phone number.
An on-set runner currently working on the new season of Black Mirror told The Sun, “Senior staff went to a harassment meeting to learn what is and isn’t appropriate. Looking at anyone longer than five seconds is considered creepy.
“You mustn’t ask for someone’s number unless they have given permission for it to be distributed. And if you see any unwanted behaviour, report it immediately.
“It has sparked jokes,” they added, “with people looking at each other, counting to five, then diverting their eyes.”
It almost sounds like a Black Mirror script in itself…..
As anyone who works on a crew knows, collaboration and trust is central to producing creative work, which is also established with eye contact.
Netflix declined to confirm or deny the report, but told The Independent in a statement: “We’re proud of the anti-harassment training we offer to our productions. We want every Netflix production to be a safe and respectful working environment. We believe the resources we offer empower people on our sets to speak up, and shouldn’t be trivialised.”
I guess they won’t be picking up Look Me in the Eye anytime soon.