Jul 052017

The Academy


“Academy Gold” Adds Four Industry Partners; 20 to Participate in Pilot Year


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is proud to announce commitments from four additional industry partners – Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Illumination Entertainment, Legendary Entertainment and Overbrook Entertainment – to participate in Academy Gold, a new entertainment industry-wide summer internship and mentoring program that will expand opportunities for students and young professionals from underrepresented communities. Each of the now 20 partners will sponsor up to three interns for the program, which kicked off on Thursday, June 15, with a two-day orientation that included various industry speakers, studio and technology-based company tours and visits to the Academy’s Film Archive and Margaret Herrick Library.

Previously announced partners include Deluxe, The Walt Disney Company, Dolby Laboratories, FotoKem, FremantleMedia, HBO, IMAX, Lionsgate/Starz, Panavision, Paramount Pictures, Participant Media, Sony Pictures, Technicolor, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros.

In this pilot year, 70 interns (including 18 interns who will be placed within the Academy) will participate in the Academy Gold program. The eight-week program, which concludes on August 11, will offer participants networking opportunities with Academy members and industry professionals, screenings, studio tours and educational workshops.

Academy members and industry professionals will participate in panels discussing their crafts, including: Bobbi Banks (sound editor); Lorrie Bartlett (Partner and Co-Head of Talent, ICM); Maryann Brandon (film editor); Ruth E. Carter (costume designer); Jeff B. Cohen, Esq. (attorney); Destin Daniel Cretton (writer, “Short Term 12”); Julie Ann Crommett (VP Multicultural Audience Engagement, Disney); Tonia Davis (VP Film, Chernin Entertainment); Christina Hodson (writer, “Transformers: Bumblebee”); Jordan Horowitz (producer, “La La Land”); Whitney James (makeup artist); Charles D. King (Founder & CEO, MACRO and executive producer, “Fences”); Stella Meghie (director, “Everything, Everything”); Jeff Miller (President, Studio Operations, Disney); Daryn Okada (cinematographer); Eric Pertilla (agent, Paradigm); Steves Rodriguez, CPA (Partner, Freemark Financial); Kim Roth (President of Production, MACRO); David Rubin (casting director); Demetrius Shipp Jr. (actor, “All Eyez on Me”); Justin Simien (writer-director-producer, “Dear White People”); Michael Tronick (film editor); Nancy Utley (President, Fox Searchlight Pictures); Michelle Watts (Principal, The Aziza Work Group); and Joe Wees (Senior VP Creative Advertising, Universal Pictures). Visit www.oscars.org/AcademyGoldProgram for panelist updates.

Highlights from this summer’s program include:

Transformation – Future Focus Panel (June 21)
Industry leaders in conversation about the challenges and opportunities for those beginning their careers. Panelists include Academy members and respected experts in their field.

Navigating a Successful Career in Hollywood (June 28)
What does it really take to have a successful career in Hollywood? Hollywood veterans and newcomers candidly discuss the keys to being successful in the film industry.

Upgrade and Update – Technology Is Your Business (July 12)
Academy members and industry leaders discuss aspects of production and distribution, staying on top of the latest technology, and successful technologies and innovations incorporated into their work.

Anatomy of a Film Production – Above the Line (July 19)
A panel discussion giving above-the-line perspectives from individual directors, writers, actors and producers, who detail their personal career paths and stories while specifying tools and other ways to build and remain relevant in these careers.

Anatomy of a Film Production – Below the Line (July 26)
A cinematographer, casting director, costume designer, film editor, makeup artist, sound editor and other below-the-line talents discuss their collaborative processes and break down the specifics of what each of their jobs entail.

The Dream Team (August 2)
Support professionals including agents, lawyers, managers and publicists discuss their work.

The Academy Gold Talent Development and Inclusion Program will afford top film entertainment, technology, production services and digital media companies an opportunity to recruit and educate a nationwide pool of diverse talent. The Academy also will build an alumni database to track the professional development of Academy Gold participants and provide a resource to connect alumni with one another upon completion of the program.

Additional support for Academy Gold is provided by The California Wellness Foundation. Support for the Academy Foundation’s educational and outreach initiatives, which include Academy Gold, the Student Academy Awards, and the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, is provided in part by Walmart.

For more information about the Academy Gold program, visit www.oscars.org/AcademyGoldProgram.


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Oct 052016

The Academy

Events In Support Of “My Brother’s Keeper”and London Based “Into Film”

Panel Discussions Live-Streamed on Oscars.org

The Academy, in support of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, will present the second annual Careers in Film Summit on Saturday, October 8, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The daylong event for high school and college students will bring together Academy members and other film industry guests to discuss their professions as well as the paths they took to achieve career success.

For the first time, the Los Angeles event will be live-streamed on Oscars.org, and students from around the world will be able to watch each of the six panels.

The Academy also will be presenting Careers in Film Summit–London on Friday, November 11, at the Regent Street Cinema in London. Presented in partnership with the UK film education charity Into Film, the half-day event will feature three hour-long panels (panelists to be announced at a later date) and is part of the Into Film Festival , the world’s biggest youth-focused film festival.

Some of the film industry professions to be represented include cinematography, composing, sound design, film editing, costume design, special effects makeup, visual effects, public relations and marketing. The panelists will offer students firsthand knowledge of their experiences working in the industry and identify key knowledge areas and skill sets that are essential for specific careers. Film clips chosen by the panelists will highlight significant work.

The L.A. panels and panelists are as follows:

9 a.m. Working Above the Line

Tyrese Gibson, Actor – “Fast and Furious” series, “Transformers”

Catherine Hardwicke, Director – “Twilight,” “Thirteen”

James Lopez, Production Executive – “The Perfect Guy,” “Think Like a Man”

Theodore Melfi, Writer-Producer-Director – “Hidden Figures,” “St. Vincent”

Tyger Williams, Writer – “The Perfect Guy,” “Menace II Society”

Moderated by Mike Muse, My Brother’s Keeper

11 a.m. Lights, Camera, Action!: Pre- Production and Production

Jerry Constantine, Special Effects Makeup Artist – “Watchmen,” “The Curious
Case of Benjamin Button”

Warren Drummond, Storyboard Artist – “Fences,” “X-Men: First Class”

Camille Friend, Hairstylist – “The Hateful Eight,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”

Daryn Okada, Cinematographer – “Let’s Be Cops,” “Mean Girls”

Phil Saunders, Concept Artist – “Marvel’s The Avengers” series, “Iron Man” series

Marlene Stewart, Costume Designer – “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,”
“The Judge”

Moderated by Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter

12 p.m. Get It in the Can: Post-Production

Rosa Costanza, Sound Technician – “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,”
“Sinister 2”

Greg Hedgepath, Sound Editor – “Straight Outta Compton,” “The Hunger Games”

Alyson Moore, Foley Artist – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”

Steven Morrow, Sound Mixer – “La La Land, “The Perfect Guy”

Gregg Rudloff, Re-recording Editor – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “American Sniper”

Theresa Rygiel, Visual Effects – “Furious 7,” “The Lord of the Rings” series

Troy Takaki, Film Editor – “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, “Fool’s Gold”

Moderated by Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter

2 p.m. Music in Film: Evoking Emotion

Kathryn Bostic, Songwriter-Composer – “Dear White People,” “I Will Follow”

Harry Gregson-Williams, Composer – “The Martian,” “Gone Baby Gone”

Abel Korzeniowski, Composer – “Nocturnal Animals,” “A Single Man”

Harvey Mason Jr., Songwriter-Record & Movie Producer – “Pitch Perfect 2,”
“Straight Outta Compton”

David Metzner, Music Editor – “Argo,” “The Hangover Part II”

Sunny Park, Music Executive – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Shrek 2”

Gingger Shankar, Composer – “Five Nights in Maine,” “Water & Power”

Moderated by Mike Muse, My Brother’s Keeper

3 p.m. The Reps: The Dream Team

Tony Angellotti, Entertainment Public Relations Executive, The Angellotti

Gordon Bobb, Entertainment Attorney, Del Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka,
Finkelstein & Lezcano

Jelani Johnson, Agent, Creative Artists Agency

Jerome Martin, Manager, JME Management

Rena Ronson, Partner, Head of UTA Independent Film Group

Phillip Sun, Partner, WME Entertainment

Moderated by Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood

4 p.m. All Things Animation

Eric Goldberg, 2D Animator – “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”

Travis Knight, Director-Animator – “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “The Boxtrolls”

Floyd Norman, Animator – “Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 2”

Peter Ramsey, Director – “Rise of the Guardians”

Josie Trinidad, Co-head of Story-Story Artist – “Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”

Moderated by Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director, Preservation and Foundation Programs, AMPAS

Tickets for the L.A. event are free, but must be reserved in advance. For more information and to obtain tickets, click here.