On June 28th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors voted to define talent agents as “Members-at-Large,” giving Oscar voting privileges to talent agents. The Academy has 17 branches, including actors, crafts, documentaries, directors, and writers. There are two membership status categories, Members-at-Large and Associates. Agents were previously classified as Associates and
The Oscars has made some changes! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it will launch new Academy inclusion initiatives to increase representation of minority groups. Changes to the Best Picture Category The Academy has changed its Best Picture category yet again. Now, instead of a variable set of 5-10 nominees, the
Are you looking to watch “Black Lives Matter” content from black storytellers? Netflix has just made it a lot easier. In the wake of nationwide protests against the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, the streaming service has announced that it has launched a Black Lives Matter section that includes narrative films,
What are the covid-19 filming guidelines for the resumption of film and TV production? We finally have some answers, thanks to entertainment industry union officials and studio executives. Last month, entertainment industry professionals were shocked by California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement that film and TV production would resume. In response, studio executives and members of
Most scripted content currently on TV was created before the covid-19 pandemic began. But as we run out of material and need to create more, TV writers are faced with a big question: should they talk about the pandemic? It’s clear that we’ll need to produce episodes of TV with new guidelines designed to keep
Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom said he would unveil new guidelines on Memorial Day for TV and film production reopening. However, the holiday came and went without any guidelines released. Instead, the governor’s office unveiled only plans for how churches and malls can begin to reopen as the country continues to recover from covid-19.
Do you need another streaming service? Insane as it sounds, there’s a brand new one to consider: HBO Max. But it’s not HBO. Well, mostly. Let us explain! Launching on May 27th, HBO Max is not the same as premium channel HBO or its streaming app HBO Go. It’s a new venture from Warner Media.
Movie theaters in China can reopen, a welcome piece of news for cinephiles all around the world. This week, the country, which was the first hit by the covid-19 pandemic, announced that “cinemas, theaters, recreation halls and other enclosed entertainment and leisure venues may hold all types of necessary meetings and exhibition activities.” The state
Want to make a movie where you won’t be impacted by covid-19? How about space? That’s exactly what Tom Cruise and Elon Musk are doing. Seriously – NASA has announced that the film star and tech billionaire are planning to film the first movie shot in space. It will take place aboard the International Space
The entertainment industry has been completely shaken up by the covid-19 epidemic. Here are some of the big entertainment stories of the week: AMC and Regal say they won’t show any more Universal films Because movie theaters had to close, Dreamworks Animation, which is under the Universal umbrella, released its film Trolls World Tour entirely