BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — American Film Institute founder and Kennedy Center Honors creator George Stevens Jr. is adding another chapter to film history by donating hundreds of items spanning five generations of his family to film academy's Margaret Herrick Library and its archive.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday that Stevens Jr. will be contributing papers, letters, photographs and scripts from his life to the Stevens Family collection. The public collection of over 600 items will cover everything from his Hollywood beginnings working alongside his father George Stevens, the legendary director of film classics like "Woman of the Year," to Washington D.C. where he worked with Edward R. Murrow at the United States Information Agency during the Kennedy administration.Along the way he also founded the American Film Institute, in 1967 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 1977, which he produced until 2014. He made award-winning films and miniseries like the … [Read more...] about George Stevens Jr. adds history to the film academy library
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When producer and former studio executive Bill Mechanic resigned recently from the motion picture academy's board of governors, issuing a scorched-earth laundry list of gripes about its handling of some of the thorniest and most sensitive issues it faces, it confirmed one of Hollywood's worst-kept secrets: Behind the gilded facade of Hollywood's most venerable organization lies a range of grudges and grievances. The tradition-bound 90-year-old group has been taking dramatic steps to remake itself. In answer to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, it has begun diversifying (and growing) its historically white-male-dominated membership ranks; after the Harvey Weinstein and other sexual harassment scandals broke, it ejected Weinstein and instituted new standards of conduct. But not everyone has been on the same page. As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has struggled to navigate seismic changes in the film business, fissures have opened up within the leadership, as evidenced by … [Read more...] about Film academy’s divisions made public
When producer and former studio executive Bill Mechanic resigned last week from the motion picture academy’s board of governors, issuing a scorched-earth laundry list of gripes about its handling of some of the most thorny and sensitive issues it faces, it confirmed one of Hollywood’s worst-kept secrets: Behind the gilded facade of Hollywood’s most venerable organization lies a range of grudges and grievances.The tradition-bound 90-year-old group recently took dramatic steps to remake itself from the inside out. In answer to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, it has begun diversifying (and growing) its historically white male-dominated membership ranks; after the Harvey Weinstein and other sexual harassment scandals broke, it ejected Weinstein and instituted new standards of conduct.But not everyone has been on the same page. As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has struggled to navigate seismic changes in the film business, a shrinking audience for its … [Read more...] about Does Bill Mechanic’s angry resignation reflect a deeper schism in the film academy?
CBS is kicking off awards season with the Hollywood Film Awards, scheduling the show for Friday, Nov. 14, and carving out big pre- and post-show activities. The network will create a three-and-a-half-hour programming event for the annual show, which it revived back in January with a multi-year deal. The awards will begin at 8 p.m. from the Hollywood Palladium and air live on the east coast until 10 p.m. (Pacific zones will be tape delayed.) A host, presenters and performers will be announced at a later date. Before the two-hour show, CBS will host a live half-hour red-carpet show featuring interviews with the stars as they arrive for the event. Following the show, CBS will return live (on the East Coast) with an hourlong show hosted by CBS This Morning's Charlie Rose, Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King from 10-11 p.m. “We’re excited to schedule an expanded Friday night lineup to celebrate the kick-off of the annual awards season with the first live broadcast of the Hollywood … [Read more...] about CBS Sets Premiere Date for Hollywood Film Awards
Ric Robertson is stepping down as COO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.Robertson, a 32-year veteran of the Academy, will transition into a consulting role, and his duties will be taken over by other staffers, sources tell THR. PHOTOS: 30 Years of Oscar Hosts The move comes after Robertson took a three-month leave of absence from his duties.Robertson announced his departure in a letter to Academy staff, reproduced below. Dear Friends, After almost 32 years with the Academy, I’ve decided to step down from my position as COO. I’m going to continue my relationship with the Academy, however, as a consultant focusing on the show, award rules and categories. I’m excited to be on these projects in addition to serving as a resource to our new president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, CEO Dawn Hudson, and you, the Academy staff. I arrived at this decision with considerable deliberation and, as many of you know, after … [Read more...] about Ric Robertson Stepping Down as Film Academy COO