Magazine article Variety

Acad Toppers Talk Tech in Outline for 'Future' Sesh

Magazine article Variety

Acad Toppers Talk Tech in Outline for 'Future' Sesh

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M embership concerns will go a long way toward directing the path of the "Future of the Academy" gathering that AM PAS will hold simultaneously in three locations May 4.

On March 28, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences sent members its formal invitation for the event, first revealed two weeks ago via a "Save the Date" e-mail.

The three-city event takes place simultaneously at the Samuel Coldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Lighthouse Intl. in New York and Pixar Studios in Emeryville, Calif.

Members have been invited to submit questions to the Academy by April 25.

"They will be able to ask questions at the event itself," Academy prexy Hawk Koch told Variety, "but when you have 6,000 members and we've asked them to submit questions, we'd like to answer the ones that the majority of people are asking."

The gathering won't entirely be a Q&A; the org said it intends to present the Academy's plans and priorities for the future and update members on key initiatives, with topics including the planned Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, e-voting, programming, new collections and new technology.

In other words, issues regarding the Oscars (such as rules for Oscar categories or the nature of the kudofest itself) don't figure to dominate the conversation - unless the membership overwhelmingly calls for it. …

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