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Helping to fix the Academy's Diversity Problem - Los Angeles Times

Suzanne Kai

Hollywood

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership decides who gets to win the Oscars and up to now the members are 94% white and 77% male.

AC  LISA NISHIMURA NETFLIX
The Los Angeles Times has issued its own tip sheet on 100 potential member candidates to help diversify the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership. Lisa Nishimura, NETFLIX's VP Original Documentary/Comedy and Alex Cabellero, NALIP's Executive Director are two executives on the Los Angeles Times' list. (image left) 

As we write this, industry professionals are meeting this weekend in a private 'summit' on what should be the next steps to take after the initial protest letter signed by 25 members was sent to the Academy.

The #OscarsSoWhite and ongoing Whitewashing - white actors playing Asian characters are topics that have been going on for decades, but the recent backlash has reached a tipping point of activism with well-established industry insiders now starting to stand up, speak up and and fight for change.  

AXEL CABALLERO - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NALIP
At 2pm today, June 4, 2016 there is a panel on the topic at the Producers Guild of America's annual conference at Sony Studios in Culver City, "Produced By LA 2016."

The Los Angeles Times list is here:

http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-et-mn-academy-diversity-candidates/

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