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Open Letter from Hollywood Film & TV Leaders


Over 200 writers, directors, and producers — including Emmy and Academy Award winners — signed Brady's open letter agreeing to lead positive cultural change by modeling firearm safety on screen. Read the letter below, and contact us to add your name.

An Open Letter to Our Colleagues in the Creative Community

Like most of America, we are enraged by the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. Considering there have been over 250 other mass shootings so far this year, it’s an almost incomprehensible tragedy. Something needs to be done.

Guns are prominently featured in TV and movies in every corner of the globe, but only America has a gun violence epidemic. The responsibility lies with lax gun laws supported by those politicians more afraid of losing power than saving lives. We didn’t cause the problem, but we want to help fix it.

As America’s storytellers, our goal is primarily to entertain, but we also acknowledge that stories have the power to effect change. Cultural attitudes toward smoking, drunk driving, seatbelts and marriage equality have all evolved due in large part to movies’ and TV’s influence. It’s time to take on gun safety.

We are not asking anyone to stop showing guns on screen. We are asking writers, directors and producers to be mindful of on-screen gun violence and model gun safety best practices. Let's use our collective power for good. Whenever possible, we will:

  • Use our creativity to model responsible gun ownership and show consequences for reckless gun use. We will make a conscious effort to show characters locking their guns safely and making them inaccessible to children.
  • Have at least one conversation during pre-production regarding the way guns will be portrayed on screen and consider alternatives that could be employed without sacrificing narrative integrity.
  • Limit scenes including children and guns, bearing in mind that guns are now the leading cause of death for children and adolescents.

    We are under no illusions that these actions are a substitute for common sense gun legislation. Furthermore, this list does not incorporate every nuance of guns on screen. However, these are small things that we can do as a community to try and end this national nightmare. If you are a writer, director or producer, join us by signing here.

    Signed,

    J.J. Abrams
    Lisa Addario
    Ali Adler
    Sarah Algazi
    Debbie Allen
    Omari Allen
    Kent Alterman
    Lucia Aniello
    Judd Apatow
    Josh Appelbaum
    Susan Arnold
    John Auerbach
    JP Auerbach
    Alexander Baack
    Amy Baer
    Craig Bankey
    Carol Barbee
    Alfredo Barrios
    Simon Barry
    Zach Baylin
    David Beaubaire
    Betsy Beers
    Michael Begler
    Doug Belgrad
    Chris Bender
    Lisa Benedict
    Mike Berenstain
    Fred Berger
    Max Berger
    Alex Berger
    Chris Bishop
    Steve Blackman
    Bob Bookman
    Kristin Borella
    Jessika Borsiczky
    Matt Bosak
    Julien P. Bourgon
    Marty Bowen
    Adam Brody
    Kristin Burr
    Christy Callahan
    Bill Callahan
    Elizabeth Cantillon
    Glenn Gordon Caron
    Stokely Chaffin
    Ann Cherkis
    Matt Chesse
    Becky Clements
    Kat Coiro
    Aaron Cooley
    John Cork
    Rob Corn
    Peter Craig
    Mike Cuff
    Emily Cummins
    RJ Cutler
    Bill D’Elia
    Elizabeth Daley
    Ted Danson
    Joe Dante
    Gary Dauberman
    Laura Dave
    Marjorie David
    Ainsley Davies
    Skye Dent
    Naomi Despres
    Zanne Devine
    David Diliberto
    Lucy Barzun Donnelly
    Travis Donnelly
    Erin Donovan
    Paul Downs
    Elysa Koplovitz Dutton
    Carleton Eastlake
    Grace Edwards
    Ben Ellenberg
    Doug Ellin
    Zack Estrin
    Lee Farber
    TS Faull
    Morgan Faust
    Erik Feig
    Jon Feldman
    Batya Feldman
    Jonathan Fernandez
    Jennifer Flackett
    Jordan Flaherty
    Beau Flynn
    Dana Fox
    Liz Friedman
    Edward Frumkin
    Lou Fusaro
    Forrest Gabitsch
    Eric Michael Garcia
    Dede Gardner
    Todd Garner
    R. Scott Gemmill
    Jonathan Glickman
    Will Gluck
    Wyck Godfrey
    Gary Goldman
    Lindy Goldstein
    Al Gough
    Jonathan Green
    Rich Green
    Bruce Greenwood
    Javier Grillo-Marxuach
    Larry Gross
    David Guggenheim
    Alejandra Gularte
    Erin Gunn
    Kristin Hahn
    Samm Haillay
    Marc Halsey
    Lisa Harrison
    Simon Hatt
    Grant Heslov
    Lysa Heslov
    Mark Heyman
    Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
    Michael Hissrich
    Christine Holder
    Jordan Horowitz
    Livia Huang
    Peter Isacksen
    Lauren Iungerich
    Devery Jacobs
    Tom Jacobson
    Craig Johnson
    Jennifer Johnson
    Alexa Junge
    Bess Kalb
    Jordan Kandell
    Aaron Kandell
    Ken Kao
    Gail Katz
    Richie Keen
    Mike Kelley
    Kathleen Kennedy
    Christopher Keyser
    James Kicklighter
    Maggie Kiley
    Frederick Kindel
    Michelle King
    Robert King
    David Kissinger
    Laura Kittrell
    Jessi Klein
    Jon Koa
    Betsy Koch
    David Kohan
    Jenni Konner
    Christos V. Konstantakopoulos
    Stacy Kramer
    Tim Kring
    Natalie Krinsky
    Andreas Zoupanos Kritikos
    John Krokidas
    Kent Kubena
    Roger Kumble
    Helena Lamb
    Adam Lash
    Amanda Lasher
    Stan Lathan
    Victor LaValle
    Bill Lawrence
    Jennifer Levin
    Mark Levin
    Chris Levinson
    Steven Levitan
    Dan Lin
    Damon Lindelof
    Jimmy Kimmel and the writers of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
    Kyle Long
    Silka Luisa
    Michael Markowitz
    Melanie Marnich
    Glen Mazzara
    Michael McIntyre
    Adam McKay
    Katie Mcquerrey
    Michael Joseph McQuilken
    Jeff Melvoin
    Adam Merims
    Jason Mewes
    Miles Millar
    Andrew Miller
    Hannah Minghella
    Janet Mock
    Jordan Monsanto
    Julianne Moore
    Chris Morgan
    Leslie Morgenstein
    Tony Mosher
    Sue Naegle
    Phyllis Nagy
    Michael Narducci
    Olivia Newman
    Eric Newman
    Kim Nguyen
    Samantha Nissenboim
    Matt Nix
    Sohrab Noshirvani
    Pete Nowalk
    Marti Noxon
    David Nutter
    Ify Nwadiwe
    Susan Orlean
    Katrina Cabrera Ortega
    Peter Paige
    Nicki Paluga
    Jamie Patricof
    Julie Plec
    John Pogue
    Claire Rudnick Polstein
    Edoardo Ponti
    Bill Prady
    Dawn Prestwich
    Keri Putnam
    Daniel Pyne
    Jessica Queller
    Connor Raikes
    Luvh Rakhe
    Eric Ramsey
    Robia Rashid
    Billy Ray
    J.R. Reher
    Andrew Reich
    Fergal Reilly
    Jeannine Renshaw
    Shonda Rhimes
    Cynthia Riddle
    Glenn Rigberg
    Britton Rizzio
    Scott Rosenbaum
    Elizabeth Rosenbaum
    Karen Rosenfelt
    Gary Ross
    Michael A. Ross
    Mike Royce
    Margot Rubin
    Mark Ruffalo
    Joey Sagal
    Midge Sanford
    Peter Saraf
    Claire Scanlon
    Robin Schiff
    Amy Schumer
    Nell Scovell
    Travis Sentell
    Byron Shah
    Frankie Shaw
    Scott Shepherd
    David Shore
    Dan Shotz
    Osnat Shurer
    Josh Singer
    Randi Mayem Singer
    Jer Sklar
    Tristine Skyler
    Jason Smilovic
    Claudia Solti
    Elena Song
    Nedjelko Spaich
    Jeremy Steckler
    Mary Steenburgen
    Jon Steinberg
    Fisher Stevens
    Dana Stevens
    Michelle Stockwell
    Lee Stollman
    Carolyn Strauss
    Veena Sud
    Niels Swinkels
    Matt Tauber
    Melinda Hsu Taylor
    Michael Taylor
    Rhys Thomas
    Liz Tigelaar
    Danny Tolli
    Mahyad Tousi
    Sean Tretta
    Tory Tunnell
    Chris Van Dusen
    Ellen Goldsmith Vein
    Krista Vernoff
    Patric M. Verrone
    Jeff Vespa
    Joe Wallenstein
    Valerie Weiss
    Llewelyn Wells
    Marlon West
    Ben Wexler
    Jim Whitaker
    Carey Williams
    Maiya Williams
    Irwin Winkler
    Danielle Wolff
    Wendy Wolverton
    Chloe Yellin
    Nicole Yorkin
    David Zabel
    George Zaloom
    Lisa Zambri
    David W. Zucker