In 1947, a group of executives from major film studios in Hollywood gathered to discuss the rising tensions between them and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). It was during this meeting that the infamous “Gentleman`s Agreement” was formed.

The agreement was essentially a collusion between the studios to not hire any actor or actress who was a member of the SAG. The reasoning behind this was to cut off the bargaining power of the actors` union and maintain control over production costs.

However, the agreement was not legally binding and was often violated by individual studios who were desperate to secure top talent. This led to a series of strikes and legal battles that ultimately led to the abolishment of the agreement in the early 1960s.

While the “Gentleman`s Agreement” may have been a way for studios to maintain control over production costs, it ultimately resulted in a loss of talent and power for the industry. It also highlights the problematic power dynamics between studios and actors that still exist today.

In recent years, there has been a push for increased transparency and fair treatment for actors in Hollywood. The #MeToo movement and increased calls for diversity and representation have brought attention to the need for reform in the industry.

As copy editors and writers, it is important to understand the history and power dynamics at play in Hollywood. By acknowledging the injustices of the past and advocating for change in the present, we can help create a more equitable and inclusive industry for all.