Israeli production company to launch reality show exposing sexual harassment
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Israeli production company to launch reality show exposing sexual harassment

Gil Formats said in ‘advanced negotiations’ with local broadcaster to air first #MeToo-inspired show; will also market format internationally

An activist holds a #MeToo sign during a news conference on a Title IX lawsuit outside the Department of Education January 25, 2018 in Washington, DC (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)
An activist holds a #MeToo sign during a news conference on a Title IX lawsuit outside the Department of Education January 25, 2018 in Washington, DC (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

A leading Israeli production company is reportedly set to soon launch an investigative reality television show inspired by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

It is the latest example of how the campaign against sexual misconduct — which exploded last year with a flood of accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and has gained significant media traction both worldwide and in Israel — has been remaking the landscape of the global entertainment industry.

The Gil Formats company is in “advanced negotiations” with one of Israel’s broadcasters to air “The Silence Breaker,” a hidden-camera show meant to expose real-life sexual harassment at workplaces, the Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday.

According to the report, the show will tell the victims’ stories, with each story ending with an on-camera confrontation with the harasser.

Participants march against sexual assault and harassment at the #MeToo March in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on November 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The production company’s CEO, Assaf Gil, was quoted as saying he hoped the show would raise awareness of the issue and “inspire others to come forward and speak up.”

Gil said the show would have a host who “should ideally be a woman with a strong background as a journalist.” He added that the show will not be directly connected to either #MeToo or Time’s Up, instead focusing “on the crimes, not the movement.”

The company was also said to be planning to introduce the new format to international production firms next month at a market in Cannes, France.

“The big difference in what we are doing to what has been around on the news is that, for one, most of these incidents happened a long time ago, while we are basically shooting in real time,” Gil told the Hollywood Reporter.

“And a lot of the [#MeToo] stories in the news have had to do with famous people,” he added. “[But] we feel sexual harassment is a much more widespread phenomenon … All the women we talked to in the research for this show had some sort of history of some sort of harassment.”

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