×

Time’s Up Names Lisa Borders as First-Ever CEO

Ten months after it was founded, Time’s Up has named Lisa Borders as its first ever president and chief executive officer. Borders most recently served as president of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), where she helped the league grow its attendance and television viewership. She begins her new job next month.

Time’s Up was formed in January of 2018 after the entertainment industry was roiled by a series of sexual harassment allegations involving moguls and entertainers such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Dustin Hoffman, and Matt Lauer. Time’s Up is advocating for safer and more equitable work environments for women in Hollywood and in other industries. The organization was launched with endorsements from a number of prominent artists and entertainers; its celebrity backers include Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Ava DuVernay, Brie Larson, and Natalie Portman.

Along with a more general call to action, the organization unveiled a legal defense fund in partnership with the National Women’s Law Center. It received $13 million in initial donations, with the bulk of the money coming from Hollywood talent agencies. In a press release announcing Border’s appointment, Time’s Up said it had connected more than 3,500 women and men from all 50 state to legal resources. Two-thirds of the people it has helped are low-wage workers, the group said.

That last point is a telling one, because one of the gripes about Time’s Up has been that is overly exclusive (“Westworld’s” Thandie Newton claimed she “wasn’t hot enough” to be included in the group when it was founded). Time’s Up has also been criticized for its slow response to harassment allegations against CBS chief Leslie Moonves. It took nearly a week for the group to release a statement after a bombshell report in the New Yorker documented several on-the-record allegations against the TV chief. Time’s Up later called on CBS not to give Moonves a golden parachute after a second report in the New Yorker with additional accusations of sexual misconduct was printed roughly a month later. The group has also slammed the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh after abuse allegations emerged against the judge.

In addition to her work with the WNBA, Borders served as VP of global community affairs at the Coca-Cola Company and chair of the soft drink maker’s foundation. She also offers political experience, having worked as vice mayor of Atlanta and president of the Atlanta City Council.

Vanity Fair first broke the news of Borders’ appointment. In an interview with the magazine, Borders hit back at criticism that Time’s Up is focused on Hollywood elites.

“It’s out here for everybody. This is not a club,” she told Vanity Fair. “I would just offer the invitation to everyone, right here, right now . . . come join us on this journey.”

More Film

  • Pinewood Studios James Bond

    Netflix's Shepperton Studios Deal Is Stretching the U.K.'s Production Limits

    Netflix’s huge new hub at Shepperton Studios outside London is a further fillip for Britain’s booming production sector. Amid jitters over Brexit and its effects on the economy, the streaming giant’s commitment is a vote of confidence in the U.K. entertainment industry and a continuing source of local jobs. But the decision by Netflix to [...]

  • Bottom of the 9th

    Film Review: ‘Bottom of the 9th’

    Nearly two decades after scoring an audience award at Sundance for “Two Family House,” a smartly understated yet deeply affecting indie about a Staten Island factory worker who deeply regrets stifling his showbiz ambitions, director Raymond De Felitta steps back up to the plate with “Bottom of the 9th,” another dramatically solid and emotionally satisfying [...]

  • THE BRIDGE - "Calaca" - Episode

    Endemol Shine Builds ‘The Bridge’ in Africa (EXCLUSIVE)

    DURBAN–Endemol Shine Group has sold the rights to adapt its critically acclaimed and highly popular Nordic Noir detective series “The Bridge” to Cape Town-based production company Both Worlds Pictures, Variety has learned exclusively. The series will feature an all-African cast and will be set around the Beit Bridge border crossing between South Africa and Zimbabwe. Originally known [...]

  • Durban Film Fest 2019

    Durban Fest Hails Film as ‘Conscience of Our Nation’

    DURBAN–When Ros and Teddy Sarkin raised the curtain on the first Durban Intl. Film Festival 40 years ago, the odds were long that their scrappy fest would survive its inaugural edition. The apartheid government and its draconian censorship board had a stranglehold on the films that reached South African theaters, banning the sorts of subversive [...]

  • Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell

    Film Review: 'Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell'

    “Streetwise,”  the classic and haunting 1984 documentary about homeless street kids in Seattle, is a movie that’s now 35 years old. But for anyone who has seen it, the children it’s about — drifters, hustlers, squatters, thieves, prostitutes — remain frozen in time. And none of them was ever more memorable than Tiny, the 14-year-old [...]

  • Animation Studio Fire

    Revenge May Have Been Motive for Kyoto Animation Arson Attack

    Revenge for allegedly stolen ideas is emerging as a possible motive for the devastating arson attack on Kyoto Animation in Japan, which killed 33 people. Investigative sources quoted by Japan’s Jiji Press said Friday that the suspected arsonist, who is in custody but has not been named, held a grudge against the studio. “Since [the [...]

  • Terminator: Dark Fate Gabriel Luna

    'Terminator: Dark Fate' Cast Proud of Latinx Representation in Latest Installment

    The stars of the Tim Miller-directed “Terminator: Dark Fate” stormed the stage of San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H on Thursday, but it wasn’t until after the panel — which included appearances from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton — that Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna and Diego Boneta reflected on what makes the upcoming installment in the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content