HBO has announced that all of its shows featuring sexually intimate scenes will have a monitor known as an "intimacy coordinator" on set.
As the sister publication of Deadline, Rolling Stone, first reported, the privacy coordinator will serve as a mediator between the actors, directors, producers and team. HBO's "The Deuce," set in the sex trade industry in New York's Times Square during the 1970s, already has the first privacy coordinator in operation, and other programs are being presented.
In "The Deuce", the coordinator Alicia Rodis reviews the scripts, analyzes the sex scenes before they are recorded and talks with the actors individually, coordinating their activities. It also extracts the personal limits of the actor to ensure that "consent is informed and safe before we move forward," he told Rolling Stone. Rodis is essentially an advocate for the actors with the production team on any subject.
The work of intimacy coordinator has existed in the world of theater for years, but it is new for film and television. The #MeToo movement and, subsequently, increased the sensitivity to such themes, but it was the actress Emily Meade from "The Deuce" that drove the idea. He went to HBO executives and demanded changes in culture on the set that left the actors to fend for themselves when they were asked to do sex scenes that made them feel uncomfortable.
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Despite HBO's eager embrace of the new roles of intimacy coordinator, it was only three years ago that a momentary dispute arose over how much intimacy was allowed as a whole "Westworld". The Central Casting office required that background players who were working on the Westworld set to sign the consent forms agreeing to participate in "graphic sexual situations," including "genital-to-genital contact" and posing "on all fours, while others who are completely naked travel "on their backs". Many were surprised by the exemption, and SAG-AFTRA promised to have a representative on the team to monitor the conditions.
HBO blamed the seller for the controversial resignation. "It was not requested, written or approved by HBO, Warner Bros. Television or the producers, and contains situations that we do not require from any actor," said the premium cable provider. "We are immediately rectifying the discrepancies in this supplier's document with our actual practices on the set, which provide a comfortable and professional working environment for all artists."
This time, Meade's request and the #MeToo storm reduced defenses, and HBO made the breakthrough.
HBO found Rodis running a nonprofit organization she founded, Intimacy Directors International, which sought to standardize a set of standards and practices for sex scenes on stages and films. The hiring has already had an impact with the producers and directors, so much so that producer David Simon told Rolling Stone last month that he would not work without moving forward.
Beyond his work with "The Deuce", Rodis supervises the games of "Crashing", the next series of "Watchmen" by Damon Lindelof-helmed and "Deadwood" (the film). He is also training other intimacy coordinators to work on Jett, on an ex-convict, and Euphoria, a series for high school youth.
HBO confirmed the story of Rolling Stone today in a tweet.