Showbiz Sandbox 285: Why the Film Academy Is Becoming More Diverse and International

June 30, 2015


When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited over 300 new members to join their ranks this year, many noted not only the number of young women and minorities among the group, but also 36 international invitees. According to Oscars pundit Scott Feinberg of the Hollywood Reporter, that’s the highest number of new international members than at any other time in the Academy’s 88-year history.

We explain why the organization is looking to filmmakers and craftspeople from around the world when adding to their ranks, as well as how that might change the demographics of the Academy moving forward. At a time when international box office has never been more dominant and important, it is nice to see the Academy’s membership become a little more diverse.

E-commerce giant Amazon is also making a few changes, especially in the way it pays authors of titles in its monthly book rental offering. Instead of paying writers for every book a user starts but may not finish, the company will pay based upon how many actual pages a subscriber reads.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including why NBC and Univision fired Donald Trump, Harry Potter heads to London’s West End and Apple signs a deal with indie record labels for its new music streaming service.


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Dwayne Johnson to Star in Film Adaptation of ‘Rampage’ Video Game

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Apple Loses Appeal, E-book Decision is Affirmed

Univision Ends Miss Universe Deal After Donald Trump’s “Rapists” Immigrant Remarks

Donald Trump on NBC Severing Ties: “They Didn’t Want Me to Run”

Harry Potter Play to Open in London Next Year

‘Bombshell’ Might Live Again — Onstage

Jay Z’s Tidal Music Service Loses Interim CEO

Bill Cosby Fights to Maintain Confidentiality of “Embarrassing” Court Records

After First Weekend, E.L. James’s ‘Grey’ Sells over 1 Million Copies

Spotify Expands 60 Day Free Trial, Days Before Apple Music Launch

Apple Signs Thousands of Independent Labels in Royalty Deal

Sirius XM To Pay $210 Million To Labels Over Pre-1972 Recordings

HuffPost to Launch Film and TV Divisions, Announces 24-Hour Online Video Network

‘Family Feud’ Tops All of Syndication for First Time

Warner Bros. Will Stop Licensing ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Confederate Flag Car

Misty Copeland Is Promoted to Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theater

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes Signs New Multiyear Contract

Chris Thile to Become New Host of A Prairie Home Companion, Replace Garrison Keillor

Oscars: The Full List of 2015 Invitees to the Film Academy

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Dick Van Patten, ‘Eight Is Enough’ Star, Dies at 86

Patrick Macnee, Star of 1960s TV Series ‘The Avengers,’ Dies at 93

Italian Actress Laura Antonelli Dies at 73

James Horner Dies at 61; Film Composer Won 2 Oscars, 6 Grammys


  • Bob Furmanek

    The first documented public exhibition of a 3-D motion picture took place on June 10, 1915 at the Astor Theatre in New York. Our centennial release of 3-D RARITIES on Blu-ray is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of stereoscopic cinematography: