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For only the second time in its history, the entire Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is convening, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The agenda is unclear.
This week, the Academy invited its 8,427 members to participate in a meeting at 7:30 p.m. PT on Sept. 28, either in-person at the organization’s Beverly Hills headquarters or via live stream on the members-only section of the Academy’s website. “A Q&A with Board of Governors Officers will close the meeting,” the invitation stated, while also noting that questions would need to be submitted in advance.
The only prior meeting of this sort took place on May 4, 2013, during the one-year presidency of Hawk Koch, and was led by Koch and Dawn Hudson, who joined the Academy as CEO in 2011. That gathering was promoted as a discussion of “the future of the Academy,” and members were permitted to ask questions that had not been prescreened.
This meeting comes just months after Hudson’s contract was extended through 2020 and also after the annual election at which one-third of the seats on the board of governors came up for election. In August, the new board elected cinematographer John Bailey as president of the organization.
The invitation concluded: “Light refreshments. Members only. No guests.”
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