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Motion picture academy president to step down

HOLLYWOOD — Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, has decided to leave the Academy board and not seek re-election when her board term ends later this year. Boone Isaacs has been a member of the Academy’s Board of Governors for the better part of the Read More…

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Academy goes for increased diversity; critics say ‘not enough’

LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ decision to add 683 new members to its organization last week is not enough to correct the lack of diversity in Oscar voting, according to a local civil rights activist. Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, acknowledges the step Read More…

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THE HUTCHINSON REPORT: Oscars’ tune out is about dollars

The ancient adage in television commercial advertising is if people watch, they will buy. If they don’t, they won’t. It’s a numbers game, and the bigger the measured number of viewers who tune in to a TV show, the more the cash registers jingle for the show’s advertisers and sponsors. A tune out of a Read More…