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  • Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Stanley Nelson's documentary showcases historically black colleges and universities
In this March 2, 1965 file photo, The Rev. Martin Luther King speaks at a Charter Day ceremony at Howard University in Washington. King discussed his civil rights movement theme, "We shall overcome." According the federal government a historically black college or university is an accredited learning institution started before 1964 that had a primary mission of educating black people. There are about 100 of them in 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson knew he wanted to tell a story about the nation's historically black colleges and universities — not just about individual HBCUs, many of which have their own celebrated histories, but about what they collectively have meant to black people.

And in making the documentary "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities," Nelson said, something quickly became clear: HBCUs never were just about learning what was in books. From their beginnings in the years after the Civil War, the nation's HBCUs have been driving forces for African-American economic and political advancement.

"As we were making the film, it became for us a look at American history, and African-American history, through this lens of HBCUs. They were involved in so many central events," said Nelson, who wrote, directed and produced the film, which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival last year and is getting its national broadcast debut through the PBS series "Independent Lens" on Monday (2/19).

Before the Civil War, schooling for enslaved black people was largely outlawed in many Southern states. After the war, newly freed black people were allowed to learn but were far from welcome at institutions of higher education serving white people, leading to the creation of colleges and universities to cater to them, predominantly in the South.

According to the federal government, an HBCU is an accredited learning institution started before 1964 that had a primary mission of educating black people, and there are about 100 of them today. Though HBCUs were started for blacks, today they accept students of all races and their student populations are 78 percent black.

Nelson's film explores those HBCU origins and how their campuses became safe spaces for African-American intellectualism to flourish and places where larger societal issues also were felt.

In part of the film, viewers are introduced to how college educations became a front in the ideological conflict between two prominent African-Americans, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Du Bois.

Washington, a graduate of Hampton University, became president of another HBCU, Tuskeegee Institute, and emphasized self-sufficiency for African-Americans, focusing on acquiring industrial trades and skills and earning the respect of whites through labor and hard work.

But Du Bois, who attended another HBCU, Fisk University, before going to Harvard University, had a different view for HBCUs and society at large. For him, colleges and universities were places to educate African-American leaders and thinkers, to be in the forefront of political and civil rights efforts pursuing equality.

Another part of the documentary shows how one of the most fundamental aspects of the civil rights movement, the case-by-case legal dismantling of the separate-but-equal system of segregation, came from the efforts of Thurgood Marshall and his mentor Charles Hamilton Houston, who taught him and other black students at Howard University's School of Law, another HBCU.

Other efforts that were fundamental to the civil rights movement, like the lunch counter sit-ins that started in Greensboro, North Carolina, also were connected to HBCUs — the first four men who asked for lunch service at a Woolworth's counter in February 1960 were students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Nelson, who's black, also has made movies about the Black Panther Party and the Freedom Summer. He attended an HBCU, Morris Brown College, for a term, and said it's "no accident" that so much civil rights effort and energy came out of HBCUs.

"It almost is not going to come from anywhere else," he said. "These are safe black intellectual spaces."

The film closes with a look at HBCUs today, their students and some of their challenges, like the plight of Morris Brown, which lost its accreditation in 2003 but still has some students. It doesn't delve deeply into those challenges, which Nelson described as a "complicated question" that could be its own movie.

Overall, the film is meant to give people a grounding, said Nelson, whose parents attended HBCUs.

"I think that there are just a few institutions that have sustained the African-American community," he said. "Black colleges and universities are certainly one of them."

  • Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
First Slate of Presenters Set For 90th Oscars
This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Daniela Vega in a scene from, "A Fantastic Woman." Vega plays a transgender woman whose partner dies and is subjected to harsh treatment by the family of her deceased lover and by police investing the death. (Sony Pictures Classics via AP)
LOS ANGELES -- 

Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced the first slate of presenters for the 90th Oscars® telecast.  Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, March 4, on the ABC Television Network.

The presenters, including past Oscar® winners and nominees, are Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, Kumail Nanjiani, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone and Daniela Vega.

“Whether returning to the Oscars stage, or gracing it for the first time, each of these artists bring their own distinguishing and energetic appeal,” said De Luca and Todd. “Their contributions will make for an unforgettable evening.”

Ali won an Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role for “Moonlight” (2016). His credits also include the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures” (2016), “Free State of Jones” (2016), “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” (2015) and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” (2014).  Ali will next appear in “Alita: Battle Angel,” “Green Book” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

Boseman starred in the Oscar-nominated film “Marshall” (2017) and currently stars as the title character in “Black Panther” (2018). His credits also include “Captain America: Civil War” (2016), “Message from the King” (2016), “Get on Up” (2014) and “42” (2013). Boseman will next appear in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Davis won an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Fences” (2016).  Additionally, she garnered an Actress in a Leading Role nomination for “The Help” (2011) and an Actress in a Supporting Role nomination for “Doubt” (2008). Her other credits include the Oscar-winning films “Suicide Squad” (2016), “Syriana” (2005) and “Traffic” (2000) as well as the Oscar-nominated “Prisoners” (2013), “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (2011) and “Far from Heaven” (2002). Davis will next appear in “Widows.”

Dern was Oscar-nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Wild” (2014) and Actress in a Leading Role for “Rambling Rose” (1991). Currently, she appears in the Oscar-nominated “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” (2017). Additionally, Dern’s credits include “Downsizing” (2017), “Wilson” (2017), “The Founder” (2016), “99 Homes” (2014), “The Fault in Our Stars” (2014) and “The Master” (2012).

Garner’s credits include the Oscar-winning films “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013) and “Juno” (2007) as well as the Oscar-nominated “Catch Me If You Can” (2002). Her feature credits also include “Miracles from Heaven” (2016), “Men, Women & Children” (2014) and “13 Going on 30” (2004). She will next appear in “Love, Simon” and “Peppermint.”

Gerwig is Oscar-nominated for Achievement in Directing and Original Screenplay for “Lady Bird” (2017). As an actor, she appeared in the Oscar-nominated films “20th Century Women” (2016) and “Jackie” (2016).

Haddish currently stars in “Girls Trip” (2017). Recent film credits also include “Keanu” (2016).  She will next appear in “Night School” and “The Oath.”

Holland’s recent credits include the title role in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017). Additionally, he appeared in “The Current War” (2017), “Captain America: Civil War” (2016) and “The Lost City of Z” (2016). Holland will next appear in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Chaos Walking.”

Nanjiani is Oscar-nominated for Original Screenplay (shared with Emily V. Gordon) for “The Big Sick” (2017). Nanjiani also starred in the film. His additional feature acting credits include “Fist Fight” (2017), “The Late Bloomer” (2016) and “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” (2016) as well as lending his voice to “The Lego Ninjago Movie” (2017).

Robbie is Oscar-nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for “I, Tonya” (2017), for which she also served as a producer. Additionally, she appeared in the Oscar-winning film “Suicide Squad” (2016) and the Oscar-nominated “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013). Robbie’s credits also include “The Legend of Tarzan” (2016) and “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (2016). She will next appear in “Mary Queen of Scots.”

Stone won an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for “La La Land” (2016).  Additionally, she garnered an Actress in a Supporting Role nomination for “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” (2014).  Stone’s credits also include the Oscar-winning film “The Help” (2011) and the Oscar-nominated animated feature “The Croods” (2013).  She has also appeared in “Battle of the Sexes” (2017), “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014), “Gangster Squad” (2013), “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012), “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” (2011), “Easy A” (2010) and “Zombieland” (2009). She will next appear in “The Favourite.”

Vega stars in the Oscar-nominated film “A Fantastic Woman” (2017). She is an opera singer and stage actress in Chile.

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. 

The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Integrated studio Brickyard Filmworks launches in Santa Monica, Boston
Brickyard Filmworks' Andrew Bell (l) and Steve Michaels
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

Integrated content creation studio Brickyard Filmworks has launched in Santa Monica and Boston. Brickyard Filmworks is comprised of directors, creative directors, designers, animators, and technologists, offering clients a streamlined approach to content creation that strips away nonessential layers and curates the right team for projects of any scope, on any platform.

“Over the years we’ve seen the industry evolve so we created a resource for clients and projects that demand a more flexible and efficient approach,” said Steve Michaels, managing director/partner, Brickyard Filmworks. “Brickyard Filmworks is a natural progression as our client landscape continued to shift. We’ve taken the time to build an incredible roster of diverse talents than can handle everything from creative concepting to directing to shooting to VFX/animation to VR/AR.”

“Coming from an agency background, I know firsthand how many different companies need to be hired to finish one commercial or online video. It’s a much more efficient process when you can go from start to finish with one trusted team. This cultivates a collaborative experience and more importantly a better end product for our clients,” said David Register of directorial duo TruthBullet.

Brickyard Filmworks is led by Michaels in Santa Monica and managing director Andrew Bell in Boston. Its roster includes: Alice Gu, Anton Thallner, Benji Davidson, Billy Rainey, DarkMatter, David Blumenfeld, Laura Lanktree, Nick Sawyer, Sean McLean, TruthBullet, and White Rabbit.

  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Amazon: "Transparent" star Jeffrey Tambor out of series
In this Sept. 16, 2017 file photo, Jeffrey Tambor attends the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Amazon Studios says "Transparent" star Jeffrey Tambor won't be on the series when it returns for its fifth season, prompting the Emmy winner to denounce what he called false accusations and the studio's handling of the matter.

The decision, confirmed Thursday by an Amazon spokeswoman, followed the conclusion of an internal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

"I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon's handling of these false accusations against me," Tambor said in a statement. "I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway's unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates. In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon."

Tambor said he is left to surmise that the investigation was flawed and biased by a "toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set."

"As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself," he said.

The claims against the actor were made late last year by Tambor's former assistant and an actress on "Transparent," which is about a transgender woman and her family.

Tambor denied the accusations at that time but said that in light of them he didn't see how he could return to the show.

Series creator Jill Soloway said in a statement that action was being taken to ensure the series' workplace "respects the safety and dignity of every individual."

Tambor, 73, won two Emmy Awards for his role as a retired professor who is transgender and transitions late in life, and the impact that has on her grown children.

  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Documentary on ski filmmaker Warren Miller to include his last on-camera interview
Warren Miller
LOS ANGELES -- 

The official documentary on the extraordinary life of groundbreaking ski filmmaker Warren Miller is nearing completion in 2018 by a production team led by Lorton Entertainment, BoBCat Studios, and O’Malley Creadon Productions. Directed by Patrick Creadon and produced by Christine O’Malley and Jeff Conroy, the untitled documentary contains the last on-camera interview with Miller before his death on January 24, 2018.

Never-before-seen archival footage woven together with interviews from family, friends and colleagues will give audiences a rare look at the man behind the films that kicked off ski seasons across the country for over 60 years.  World-renowned skiers Scot Schmidt, Dan Egan, John Egan, Jonny Moseley, Kristen Ulmer and Colby James West also pay tribute to the man who reminded people that “The best place in the world to ski is where you’re skiing that day.”

The documentary explores the personal and professional life of Miller as well as the forces that drove him to the heights of success in the ski filmmaking world. Miller, who was born in Los Angeles in 1924, recalls a childhood riding his bike up to the Hollywood sign, surfing in Malibu, and delivering newspapers to Walt Disney on his daily paper route. Following the draft of 1942, Warren entered the Navy for several years before moving to the mountains, living out of a teardrop trailer in parking lots of ski resorts as a self-described ski bum. Warren’s humble beginnings as a ski instructor gave way to a 50-year career as a cinematographer, producer, and director of over 500 action sports films.

“Warren Miller was one of America’s most prolific filmmakers,” said Creadon, “and more than anyone is responsible for the growth of the ski industry in North America. His love of the great outdoors was contagious, and with his films he inspired generations to head to the mountains to discover the magic of skiing.”

EP Joe Berry, Jr., said, “It has been a privilege to work with Warren on this very special and important project which is now two years in the making. This will not only be a documentary about his extraordinary life, but a tribute to the man who inspired millions around the world. The final interviews that our team recently secured with Warren are now to be a treasured capstone to his story.”

Producer Conroy added, “It’s not often you have the opportunity to sit with a living legend and hear in his own words an honest account of the triumphs and heartbreaks in the path of his life. From his earliest films, Warren preached the idea to go out and live life today, and it’s a lesson all of us making this film certainly take to heart.”

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, friends and fans of Miller are encouraged to take part in the “Take a Run for Warren,” tribute campaign by skiing down their favorite mountain in his honor. Miller did not want a public memorial service, but encouraged people to ski their favorite run or do something outdoors in his memory. Fans can post to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #ripwarrenmiller for a chance to be included in the documentary.

  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Berlin Film Fest kicks off with animated Wes Anderson movie
BERLIN (AP) -- 

The curtain is going up at the annual Berlin International Film Festival with the world premiere of Wes Anderson's new animated film, "Isle of Dogs."

German director Tom Tykwer will head the jury at the event's 68th edition, which kicks off the first of the year's major European movie fests. It opened Thursday and will run through Feb. 25.

"Isle of Dogs" is set for release in U.S. movie theaters in March and internationally in April. It will be the first animated film to open the Berlin festival, and the fourth movie Anderson has presented in the event's competition. Most recently he brought "The Grand Budapest Hotel" to Berlin in 2014.

Anderson's movie features the voices of Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton, among others.

  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Jeep in hot water over ad with SUV romping in wild streambed
This image made video obtained from the Jeep brand YouTube channel of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shows part of its commercial video aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles via AP)
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- 

The head of one of the nation's largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler's Super Bowl ads "glorified" the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill-seekers.

It's the second time ads by the automaker have drawn complaints since the Feb. 4 game.

Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood said Wednesday that one ad gave the impression a Jeep Cherokee was splashing down the middle of a wild streambed.

Fiat Chrysler is defending the ads but says there are no plans to run them again. It says the spot with the Cherokee was shot on a flooded county road and another with a Jeep Wrangler was filmed in a man-made lake with a man-made waterfall on private land.

Wood said many of his group's 300,000 members and supporters own Jeeps, but the images were upsetting.

"Fish are tough and resilient critters, but they don't do well with several-thousand-pound vehicles driving over their spawning grounds, tearing up the gravel where they lay eggs," he said.  "Why someone would want to put out the idea that you should buy a Jeep so you could drive it up a creek is incomprehensible to me."

The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported the ad flap last week. Pam Harrington, Trout Unlimited's Nevada field coordinator, told the newspaper she was upset because she's worked with ATV clubs in Idaho repairing damage caused by irresponsible drivers.

Stream habitat improvements are part of the decadeslong efforts to protect endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest, where research shows riverbank disturbances and sedimentation chokes off fish eggs.

Wood said he didn't learn until this week that much of his membership was upset over the Jeep ads. He said he had already written a personal letter of complaint Feb. 6 to Fiat Chrysler CEO and Chairman Sergio Marchionne after Wood's son noticed the ad during the game.

The automaker also came under fire last week for another Super Bowl ad featuring a Ram pickup set against audio of "The Drum Major Instinct" sermon delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago.

The 60-second spot included images of the truck with people helping others and hugging loved ones. Critics said it omitted King's words in the same speech guarding against advertisers exploiting consumers, including when the civil rights icon said, "In order to make your neighbors envious you must drive this type of car. ... And you know, before you know it, you're just buying that stuff. That's the way advertisers do it."

A company spokeswoman said that ad "was selling the message of serving in your community."

Wood, who worked as chief spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service under the Clinton administration before joining Trout Unlimited in 2001, said Fiat Chrysler apparently "got some bad marketing advice" on the Jeep campaign.

He said there are plans to connect with a Jeep branch representative for a "broader conversation."

"Hopefully something good will come of this, and we can begin a dialogue with Jeep to promote smart use of off-road vehicles as well as conservation of natural resources," Wood said.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
Netflix plans no changes in airing "13 Reasons Why"
In this March 30, 2017 photo, Joan Marie and author Jay Asher appear at the Netflix "13 Reasons Why" premiere in Los Angeles. (Photo by Steve Cohn/Netflix via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

A planned second season of "13 Reasons Why" on Netflix will be unaffected by the recent allegations of sexual misconduct against author Jay Asher.

Netflix said in a statement on Tuesday that Asher was uninvolved in the new season, scheduled to air this year. The streaming network added that the series would "not be impacted."

Asher's best-seller from 2007 about a suicidal teenager is the basis for the popular Netflix show. On Monday, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators told The Associated Press that Asher was kicked out of the organization because of complaints about harassment. The Oklahoma Writers' Federation already has canceled a planned keynote address by Asher at a conference in May.

Asher has said he chose to leave the children's writers society and was himself a victim of harassment. In an email to the AP, he did acknowledge having affairs with "consenting adults."

"I am ashamed of myself and the pain our actions caused our families," wrote Asher, 42, who has been married since 2002. "During the past decade of harassment related to these affairs, I have never once retaliated. I will continue to leave my accusers to their anonymity in order to save them and their families from further hurt."

Later on Tuesday, the executive director of the SCBWI told the AP that it had strengthened and expanded its anti-harassment policy. The additions included a code of conduct and a plan to have an anti-harassment monitor at SCBWI events. Lin Oliver also disputed Asher's contention that he had left the SCBWI voluntarily and was himself a victim of harassment.

"If he chose to leave, it was under duress," said Oliver, adding that she had made it clear to Asher that the SCBWI wanted him out. "And the reason he left was not because he was being harassed."

Also Tuesday, Asher's publisher issued a statement saying it had no comment on the allegations.

"We are unable to comment on Jay Asher's relationship with SCBWI because we have had no involvement with or knowledge of our author's history with this organization," reads the statement from Penguin Young Readers, which currently has no plans for new books by Asher.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
Reel FX teams with Shilo founder/ECD Gomez to launch ATK PLN
David Bates (from left), Jose Sebastian Gomez and Jim Riche
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

The commercial division of digital studio Reel FX has teamed up with Shilo founder/executive creative director Jose Sebastian Gomez to launch strategic creative group ATK PLN. Gomez will lead the creative vision for the studio, joined by former Digital Domain head of production Jim Riche as executive producer, with overall strategy led by David Bates as managing director. The trio will draw from their expertise across VFX, design, production, interactive media, branding and marketing to deliver comprehensive creative content solutions for clients, offering in-house services from ideation to final delivery. Weaving together in-house creative disciplines will serve to enhance the studio’s robust framework for content creation, augmenting production and post services with a narrative-driven creative strategy that addresses client’s growing needs in the continually evolving media landscape. The team has already created dynamic work for top clients, including AT&T, Fox Racing and MADD.

ATK PLN will work across live design, animation, live action and all combinations of these disciplines to offer clients visual storytelling carefully tailored to their unique business needs. The strategic creative group will work between its new Hollywood studio, Montreal and Dallas locations.

ATK PLN will also partner with sister companies Flight School for their in-depth expertise at the intersection of technology and entertainment, and Reel FX Animation to tap its Golden Globe-nominated entertainment talent and experience for a wide range of projects. The studio will embrace a screen agnostic approach and fuse the boutique sensibility of Shilo with the technical expertise, capabilities and infrastructure of a feature entertainment studio like Reel FX Animation.

Bates returned to Reel FX in 2015 after six years in a strategic leadership role at Bedrock Manufacturing, working on the launch, relaunch, and management of a diverse range of brands, including Shinola and Filson. He got his start in creative marketing for FOSSIL, spending nearly a decade in multiple roles, developing international brand standards as well as leading the creative vision of the in-store experience for stores worldwide. He left FOSSIL to join Reel FX in 2002, evolving to become head of commercial production, bolstering in-house talent and broadening the scope of branded projects. The launch of ATK PLN will fuse Bates’ brand marketing experience with his track record of shaping creative companies to address market shifts. 

“The landscape of the marketing and advertising worlds is changing all around us, and the changes are coming at light speed. The modes and methods of communication have changed, and the old ways of working no longer stand,” noted Bates. “New solutions for a new paradigm begin with a complete rethinking of what we’re doing, and not just how we’re doing it.”

Gomez will draw from his background crafting design-driven visuals for brands along with his experience launching a skateboard brand to collaborate with clients, infusing brand essence and strategy into dynamic visually-driven work. “By leveraging Shilo’s design philosophy and creative finesse and Reel FX’s wide scope of technical expertise, we will come together as a powerful content studio,” noted Gomez. 

“When I joined David Bates at Reel FX almost two years ago we created a vision to elevate the company to the next level, challenging the status quo of the advertising community to offer a new, unique approach to creative problem solving,” noted Riche. “Bringing on Jose Gomez and his creative vision to our team at ATK PLN is allowing us to turn our ideas into reality. I am excited about how this forward-thinking team will continue to evolve with the changing market.”

  • Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
UK film industry promises action on harassment, bullying
In this file photo dated Thursday, June 22, 2017, British actress Emma Watson poses during the fashion week in Paris, France. Stars including Emma Watson and Gemma Arterton are backing a British film industry plan to tackle bullying and sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Britain's film industry announced a plan Wednesday to tackle bullying and sexual harassment, backed by stars including Emma Watson, Gemma Arterton and James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli.

Organizations including the U.K.'s film academy, the British Film Institute, and unions have united behind a set of principles in response to "urgent and systemic issues."

They said the goal is "to eradicate bullying and harassment and support victims more effectively."

The measures include procedures for reporting and investigating abuse, a commitment to take "appropriate action" against bullies and abusers, and a confidential support line.

Films will have to sign up to the principles to receive funding from the BFI, which hands out tens of millions of pounds (dollars) to new productions each year.

Former "Harry Potter" star Watson said the principles "are not just about protecting individuals but are also an important step in embracing a greater diversity of voices" in the industry.

Scores of entertainment figures have been accused of sexual harassment and abuse since women came forward to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein last year.