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Academy leaders talk about their new membership policy

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 01:06

AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and CEO Dawn Hudson talk about the recent membership changes at The Academy following the diversity issue in Hollywood. Rough cut (no reporter narration).;

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STORY: After announcing that they were planning to change membership policies for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Friday (January 22), president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and CEO Dawn Hudson faced the press at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday (January 23). The announcement to introduce new members and strip older members of membership came amid a backlash over the absence of actors or filmmakers of color in this year's Oscar nominations, prompting some of the film community including Will Smith and his wife Jada, documentary maker Michael Moore and director Spike Lee to shun the ceremony on February 28. When asked whether the decision to change membership was a difficult one to make, Boone Isaacs said: "Not difficult at all" and then laughed. She added her reasons were "primarily because we've been having these discussions for a while. The Academy for the past three or four years - even before then but definitely more committed in the past three or four years to diversifying our membership and including people, all sorts of people, young, international, African American, Latino, females, women all across the board, that has been a goal of ours for a while, so it's not that it's really new but now we have come out and actually are speaking about it."

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Academy leaders talk about their new membership policy

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 01:06