Academy Reveals Details About Its May 4 General Meeting

Dawn Hudson, Hawk Koch
Dawn Hudson, Hawk Koch
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Presenting “plans and priorities for the future and [an] update … on key initiatives” is the main goal of the general membership meeting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has scheduled for May 4.

In a follow-up to its initial save-the-date email that was sent to members last week, the Academy is sending out a more detailed invitation Thursday describing the meeting, to be held simultaneously in Los Angeles, New York and Emeryville, Calif., as one that will explore such topics as “our new museum, e-voting, programming, new collections and how we deal with new technology.”

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Because the Academy hasn't held such a broad-based meeting in the past, there was some speculation when members received the first notice that a dramatic announcement might be in the works. But Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said Wednesday: “There is no agenda. There is no big announcement. It’s part of an ongoing effort to make the Academy more open, to connect the leadership with the members and for them to connect with each other.”

Hudson, who was named CEO in 2011, explained that during the past two years, the Academy has held more branch get-togethers and other formal and informal meetings with members. “They’ve all been received positively,” she said, “and one thing members have asked for is cross-branch meetings, where they can meet with members from other branches. So we thought we would give it a try.”

The meeting has been in the discussion stages since last fall, but it was decided to hold it in the spring, after the Academy Awards. 

As described in the invitation, the meeting -- which will include brunch at the two West Coast gatherings and lunch in New York -- is designed “to have you meet and connect with fellow members and Academy leadership.”

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“To increase communication with our members,” it also is inviting members to submit questions to the Academy by April 25.

Since the meeting comes in the wake of the Feb. 24 Oscar ceremony that saw an increase in ratings but also criticism directed at some of first-time host Seth MacFarlane’s humor, Hudson said, “I’m sure the subject of the Oscars will come up, but it’s not why we called the meeting.”

The members-only event will take place at 10 a.m. at the Academy’s Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and Pixar Studios in Emeryville and at 1 p.m. at the Lighthouse International theater in New York. An hourlong brunch/lunch is to be followed by a 90-minute presentation by the Academy.

View the invitation below.

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