Scott Rudin Broadway Productions members released from NDAs – The Hollywood Reporter

Scott Rudin Broadway Productions members released from NDAs – The Hollywood Reporter

Members of several Broadway productions, including Kill a mockingbird and West Side Story were released from nondisclosure agreements that previously prohibited them from speaking publicly about workplace misconduct related to producer Scott Rudin.

Other impacted productions include The ice cream man is coming and The Lehman Trilogywith publication of the NDA effective immediately, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Thursday with the Actor’s Equity Association.

While four shows have been announced as part of the union-secured release, more may be impacted, according to an Actor’s Equity spokesperson. THR that members of other Rudin-produced shows can contact for assistance with a release if they have also signed NDAs.

The national union, which represents more than 50,000 professional actors and managers working in live theater, previously called for those working on Rudin-produced shows to be released from their nondisclosure agreements.

The union had also filed two unfair labor practice grievances against Rudin, later expanded to include the Broadway League, the trade association for producers and theater owners, after Rudin resigned.

“Since news stories emerged about Scott Rudin, we have had many private conversations with our sister unions and the Broadway League,” Equity President Kate Shindle and Executive Director Mary McColl said in a joint statement after that Rudin announced that he was retiring as a producer in the wake of the THR article published last year.

“We salute the courage of those who have come forward,” the statement continued. “We hope that Scott Rudin will also release his staff from any non-disclosure agreements he may have signed as a condition of employment.”

THR The April 2021 investigation presented several detailed accounts from former assistants and employees of Rudin, who made numerous allegations of misconduct and abuse – including objects being thrown at them – while working for the producer. Following the report, Rudin withdrew from several theater projects, including his role with The Broadway League, as well as stage productions like The music man and Red Mill!

In a June 23 follow-up article, additional details about Rudin’s abusive behavior at work emerged, including the claim that actress Frances McDormand and director Joel Coen saw Rudin berate one of his assistants before to resign. (The duo later denied seeing any misconduct, with Coen telling Deadline that “whoever says we have seen it is not honest”.)

Along with the news that members of former Rudin-produced shows will be released from their NDAs, the announcement that the Broadway League has also agreed to stop using non-disclosure language in contracts or endorsements outside of protection of intellectual property, financial information, or in other limited areas, approved circumstances in the future.

This means that League producer members will no longer be able to use NDAs to limit what actors and managers — who, among other things, may wish to report workplace harassment, bullying or discrimination — can say, according to Equity. . The union also said it intended to bring “similar protective language into negotiations with its other bargaining partners in support of the creation of a new industry standard”.

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