Daily Variety
October 19, 1999

EIC plans confab on violence

With "Fight Club" and other violence-heavy pictures on its mind, the Entertainment Industries Council plans to hold a symposium next month with producers, sociologists and physicians on violence in films and on TV.

Goal of the Nov. 4 meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel is to enlist the cooperation of Hollywood's creative community in dealing with violence responsibly. Of particular importance is guns, the organizers said, and the need to prevent injuries through accurate portrayals of proper gun usage, storage, safety and parental responsibility.

"The idea is to get past the finger-pointing on philosophical debates and encourage the creative side of the industry to develop its own depictions for use by individual creators in the portrayal of gun violence," said EIC president Brian Dyak.

Meryl Marshall, chairwoman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and TV producer Dick Wolf are among those expected to take part.

"The entertainment industry can help build in the public's mind, and in the mind of public policymakers, that there truly are strategies that can be implemented to prevent gun violence and injuries," Dyak said.

— Nick Madigan