Anti-bullying and harassment app ‘The Call!’ Partners with ITV Studios

By | October 20, 2022

“Call It Out!”, an app that empowers UK film and TV staff to call out bad behaviour. It has entered into a partnership with ITV Studios.

The app allows HR to report incidents of violence, harassment and discrimination quickly and anonymously, without fear of retaliation or retaliation. It also features easy access to employers’ ‘Dignity at Work’ policies and procedures and third-party support and resources for regular reporting. Also, companies and productions ask ‘How are you doing today at work?’ It allows them to monitor the safety and well-being of their employees by asking them. and collecting anonymous information about bullying and harassment practices.

After a pilot and proof-of-concept phase, the app launched into the film and TV market earlier this month. ITV Studios is the first major partner to sign up and will begin promoting the app to its UK companies.

Julian Bellamy, managing director of ITV Studios, said: “The safety of everyone working at ITV Studios is paramount and ‘Call it!’ It will be a great addition to ongoing care best practice and existing initiatives – with our internal and external partners – to help people working on our product feel safe and supported to speak up. . ‘Call him!’ It perfectly complements our processes, which aim to help those who lead our production teams not only identify issues early, but also manage them in a timely and appropriate manner.

The not-for-profit independent app was created by director Deliz Thomas (“Victoria”) and producers Jules Hussey (“Guilty”) and Kate Wilson (“Looks Like London”). It was created to address the statistic that 84% of workers in the film and TV industry have experienced or witnessed bullying at work and are twice as likely to leave the industry afterwards and suffer from mental health problems. These events also have a financial impact: poor mental health at work costs the UK economy £45 billion ($50.6 billion) each year.

Hussey, Thomas and Wilson said: “Everybody working on ITV Studio Productions was like, ‘Call him!’ We are so glad they had the opportunity to use it. We respect your active commitment to creating a safer, healthier and more productive workplace. The whole industry is following in the footsteps of ITV Studios, ‘Call it!’ We hope he will use it. Therefore, better treatment at work becomes the norm and instances of bullying, harassment and discrimination are reduced. Our industry can and should provide the best, safest and most fulfilling workplaces, and our partnership with ITV Studios is an exciting start.

Tim Hunter, director of education and new talent at BAFTA, added: “‘The call!’ The app provides confidential temperature checks for products and, in addition to the valuable information it generates, represents a strong statement from employers that feedback is valuable and acceptable and helps improve working conditions for all.

“Call him!” It is partnering with Birmingham City University’s Sir Lenny Henry Center for Media Diversity, Bektu, The Cast Guild, Directors UK, Film and TV Charity, Mark Milsom Foundation, Personal Managers Association, Production Guild, Sarah Putt Associates, Time’s Up UK. and the Guild of Writers of Great Britain and others to embed the app in the industry.

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