To Overhaul Bill Mechanic’s Guide So The Movie Academy Can Fire All Cylinders –

Editor’s comment: Bill Mechanic was chairman and CEO of Pandemonium Films and Paramount, former Disney CEO and chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment when the studio was created. Titanic, X-Men, Independence Day And Brave heart. He is also a former producer of Oscar and Oscar-nominated films Hacks ridge And CorallineAnd was a member of the Academy’s Board of Governors before resigning in 2018 He emphasized on the upcoming election of that organization

Bill Mechanic

Bill Mechanic
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Now a few years ago (wondering how time flies during an epidemic), I resigned as governor from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for two reasons: 1) There was a group on the governing board Some predictive changes are coming; And 2) I thought a loud and clear resignation would force the silent majority members to speak up and force change. Wrong. The bad has gotten worse. The device that started to break is now broken.

Michael Seppley’s recent column is in some ways a telling moment for AMPAS. I would say this is a critical issue, perhaps the last chance to wreak havoc on the organization for a decade. There is an election of governors this week and if the status quo is maintained, soon someone will sell the NFT of the pieces.

The mess from top to bottom of the academy. It no longer knows what its mission is; It does not even try to represent the views or wishes of its members, and it is a public relations failure, ranging from the worst decision on how to “reform” the Oscars to something like “The Slap” on national television.

I wouldn’t argue that what went wrong was being done with bad intentions – just the opposite. I have never seen such bad results done only with good intentions. The management of the academy is not on a slippery slope. The path that is past. They are standing on Quicksand.

The academy was formed as a way to present a positive image for a scandal-ridden industry; It was created to excel in motion picture. How does that work out?

Cieply’s piece suggests “daylight” (e.g., clarity and busyness) can be a place to start fixing things. Those are good targets, since there is basically no indication of transparency (quite the opposite) or no busyness. Michael Schumberg seemed to be speaking on behalf of many when he sued the academy, trying to get a voice and forum for members, not just the governor.

But the leadership of the academy does not want to listen to the members who are the backbone of the organization, who have won awards and made great films. Leadership is only to serve its own views and programs. In fact, when I went to an orientation session before my second term as governor, we were told that our constituency was not a member or our branch, but the board itself!

That ch-ying nut!

But the biggest thing to fix is ​​not all the wrong headaches. It’s relatively easy, because it starts with the right people. Management – CEO, President and Executive Committee – where it started. That is why this election is so criticized. Change begins at the top. Which means it’s about to be the most delusional time of the year, as well. And the first thing they have to do is act immediately to delay the executive board vote because the new governors don’t even know where to sit at the table, understand the process and the people running a lot less. They don’t realize that there are so many governors at the moment that it makes it impossible to have a meaningful discussion and they are asked to decide on the rubber stamp made by the executive committee instead.

The election of the governor itself is part of the problem. Branches do not run candidates’ election panels and in fact prohibit anyone from conducting legitimate campaigns, expressing their positions and opinions.

Most everyone knows the candidates biographies, which you would expect to be outstanding. The academy is full of the best and brightest. But that doesn’t make them the best representative. This does not mean that they have the intent or the ability to fix the organization. In fact, that’s the problem.

Candidates are allowed to make a voluntary statement, but when I look at them from my branch, I am mainly told that everyone is proud to be able to serve. No one says it’s a mess. What goes wrong is not a single idea; Forget about any specific how to fix it.

Governors need to redefine the academy’s mission, change job descriptions [outgoing CEO Dawn] Hudson
Replace, change the voting system of the executive committee, cut at least one-third of the size of the board, if not half, and change the electoral process for governors. It can then transform the academy into something equipped to serve us in the future.

Every member should demand a point of view from the branch candidates before casting his vote this week, demanding an open forum. If the current governor of a branch is ready for re-election, it may be a reason to look for other options, how the situation tends to get worse with stability.

Daylight may then have the opportunity to follow.

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