The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the creation of the Production and Technology Branch, comprising approximately 400 individuals previously classified as Members-at-Large. The new branch represents members working in key technical and production positions in all phases of filmmaking, from pre- to post-production.
Branch members include chief technology officers, senior department heads in technology and creative services, and preservation and restoration specialists. In addition, credited production roles, including stunt coordinators, script supervisors, choreographers, music supervisors, colorists, line producers and associate producers, will be a part of the branch.
The news comes after Friday’s meeting of the 54-person Board of Governors for its annual post-mortem that takes place after the telecast to discuss areas of opportunity and potential changes moving forward.
There’s been much chatter regarding studios and strategists bending or breaking the Academy’s campaign rules over the past year including “Top Gun: Maverick” and most prominently, “To Leslie.”
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