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#ThatsHarassment Takes to Streets of New York

City-run media outlets to air PSAs created from Schwimmer-produced short films 1/29/2018 11:47 AM Eastern
Zazie Beetz and David Schwimmer in "The Boss," one of five PSAs New York City is spotlighting from the #ThatsHarassment campaign.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is putting David Schwimmer's #That'sHarassment videos on Taxi TV and NYC Media (the city's TV network) for the rest of 2018.

Schwimmer (Friends, American Crime Story) and writer/director Sigal Avin produced the short films last year before the wave of #MeToo revelations, according to the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment commissioner Julie Menin. The filmshave been converted into 30-second spots for screens in about 13,000 taxis.

Related: Starz to Air #ThatsHarassment Videos in Half-Hour Special

“My mother, my sister, countless female colleagues and friends have all experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lifetime,” said Schwimmer of the videos. “Now I’m a father of a young daughter and I’m angry and concerned about the rise in, and our culture’s acceptance of, totally unacceptable behavior by men towards women. Men who demean, deride, discredit, harass and assault women – no matter what their position of power – need to be held accountable.”

Five #ThatsHarassment spots will be airing on the city's television network and in taxis. They are also currently airing -- thanks to the Ad Council, which is making them part of a national campaign -- on ABC, Amazon, CBS, The CW, Fox, FX, Hulu, Starz and Showtime. There were six short films, but someone familiar with the PSA campaign said that the city chose the five videos that would both have the most impact in taxi TV and that wsere suitable for that wide audience.

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