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62 CINEMONTAGE / Q1 2018 compiled by Jeff Burman D riven by outrage and a determination to correct a power imbalance that seemed set in stone just a few months ago, prominent Hollywood women took matters further. Some 300 female actors, agents, writers, directors, producers and studio executives formed an ambitious, broad-based initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond, writes Cara Buckley in The New York Times in January. The initiative proposes: • A legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help ordinary working women protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the blowback from reporting it. • Legislation to penalize companies that tolerate known, persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to hinder victims. The campaign is called Time's Up, and included an ardent pledge of support to working-class women in an open letter signed by hundreds of women in show business, many of them A-listers. It appeared in The New York Times, and in La Opinión, a Spanish-language newspaper. 2017 BOX OFFICE TOPS $11 BILLION According to end-of-year figures from ComScore, the 2017 domestic box office for the year ending December 31 totaled $11.12 billion, writes Anthony D'Alessandro in Deadline Hollywood. This is the third-best amount ever tallied, and the third time that annual box office totals have crossed the $11 billion threshold. Tellingly, ticket sales for 2017 were down 2.3 percent from last year's $11.4 billion, which was an all-time domestic record. The strongest performer among studios was the Walt Disney Company, which grossed $2.4 billion in combined US/Canada ticket sales, marking a 21.6 percent marketshare. 'LA TIMES' JOURNALISTS VOTE 248-44 TO UNIONIZE Journalists at the Los Angeles Times have overwhelmingly voted to join a union — a first for the 136-year-old news organization that for the majority of its history was known for its firm opposition to organized labor, writes James Koren in the Los Angeles Times. The organizing campaign was launched in October and concluded in an election in early January. The results, tallied by the National Labor Relations Board, showed 248 LABOR MAT TERS Hollywood Women Launch Anti-Harassment Plan Emily Martin, left, Anita Hill and Fatima Goss Graves listen to audience questions during a discussion about sexual harassment and how to create lasting change from the scandal roiling Hollywood at United Talent Agency on Friday, December 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California. Photo by Willy Sanjuan/ Invision/AP

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