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Film Academy’s SciTech Council Head Exits (Exclusive)

Andy Maltz, who led the Academy’s Science and Technology Council for nearly two decades, was recently and quietly let go from the Academy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He joined the Academy as managing director of the Council in 2003 and was upped to senior vp of the Council in January 2020. George Joblove, a […]

Members Applaud Academy’s New Production and Technology Branch: “The Arts and Sciences Not Only Inspire Each Other But Require Each Other”

Members-at-Large of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are applauding Friday’s news that they will become part of a new Production and Technology Branch. Comprising approximately 400 individuals previously classified as Members-at-Large, the new branch represents members working in various technical and production positions including chief technology officers, senior department heads in technology […]

AMPAS’ Jeanell English on Implementing Inclusion Standards: “The Action of the Filmmaking Community is What’s Really Driving Change”

For the past two awards cycles, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has implemented a “soft rollout” of its representation and inclusion standards, collecting demographic information about the participants in front of and behind the camera for all Oscar best picture submissions before next season, when films must meet a minimum of diversity benchmarks — for […]

Academy Launches Development Program for Black British Film Composers

Film composition has historically been one of the least diverse crafts in the industry, but the Academy is launching a new program to address the deficit. The organization has partnered with Mercury Studios, which has offices in London and Los Angeles, to launch the Jonas Gwangwa Music Composition Initiative, a yearlong development program for U.K.-based […]

Academy Conducting 13 SciTech Investigations for Awards Consideration

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 13 scientific and technical investigations in areas from large format digital cameras to virtual production systems for this year’s awards. Each year, these investigations are made public so that individuals and companies developing innovations within these areas will have the opportunity to submit achievements for review. […]

Universal Says It Will Accept Academy Scitech Council’s ACES V 1.3 Color Specs

Universal Pictures is the first Hollywood studio to announce that it will begin to use and deliver its productions using the latest version 1.3 of the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES), which it plans to begin using in the fourth quarter of this year. The announcement will be made Thursday during the HPA Tech Retreat in […]

Andy Serkis, David Pierce, Jeffrey White Join Academy’s SciTech Council

Andy Serkis, David Pierce and Jeffrey White have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Serkis is the award-winning actor known for roles such as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes trilogy, while his […]

Film Academy Launches Digital Preservation Forum To Address “Digital Dilemma”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched the Academy Digital Preservation Forum (ADPF), an online gathering place for exploring issues surrounding the long-term preservation of motion-picture materials in the digital age. An initiative of the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, the forum is effectively a continuation of the council’s work in this […]

Meet the L.A.-Based Gucci Exec Empowering Fashion’s Next Generation

“Being a male of color from Los Angeles, I can tell you it’s really about empowering the next generation of creatives of color in different cities [and] to amplify opportunities,” says Gucci’s Antoine Phillips of the initiative Gucci Changemakers North America, which he jump-started in 2019 after joining the luxury label as its L.A.-based vp […]

How Oscars’ New Inclusion Requirements Compare With BAFTAs’

The Oscars' new inclusion rules are "inspired by" but have slight differences from BAFTA's U.K. standards.

BAFTA, AMPAS Eyeing Global Set of Diversity Standards for Awards Eligibility

BAFTA and AMPAS have been discussing deploying a global set of diversity standards for awards eligibility

Film Academy Cancels Events and Screenings Due to Coronavirus Concerns

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has cancelled events and screenings amid coronavirus concerns.