A DGA spokesperson made a brief announcement on Thursday: “The DGA’s National Board of Directors has a long-scheduled quarterly board meeting this Saturday, October 21 in New York City and will be addressing the very serious issue of sexual harassment in the industry.”
The announcement made no mention of Weinstein. He’s listed as a DGA member on the dga.org site. Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein are credited as the co-directors on the 1986 movie “Playing for Keeps.”
SAG-AFTRA, the Writers Guild of America West, and the Writers Guild of America East have already condemned Harvey Weinstein following explosive allegations of harassment and assault. The Producers Guild of America moved this week to start the process of expelling Weinstein as a PGA member. All four organizations have promised to step up efforts to deal with the issue of sexual harassment and assault.
The DGA has about 17,000 members and represents directors and members of the directorial team, including assistant directors, unit production managers, stage managers, associate directors, and production associates. Its leaders usually keep a lower profile than those at SAG-AFTRA and the WGA.
The DGA’s move underlines how rapidly Weinstein’s career has descended since the Oct. 5 publication of a New York Times article detailing the settlements of eight lawsuits, including those filed by Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.