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Academy's New Casting Directors Branch Elects Three Members to Board of Governors UPDATE

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 7, 2013 at 1:20PM

UPDATE: The Academy has elected the three members, representing its newly created Casting Directors Branch, to its Board of Governors.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

UPDATE: The Academy has elected the three members, representing its newly created Casting Directors Branch, to its Board of Governors.

The first-time governors are David Rubin, who is elected to a three-year term; Bernie Telsey, who is elected to a two-year term; and Lora Kennedy, who is elected to a one-year term.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs stated: “The addition of these exceptional professionals to our Board is another positive step toward making our organization more inclusive and more reflective of the broader industry. We welcome them, their ideas and their insights wholeheartedly.”

As we've pointed out on TOH! before, the creation of the Casting Directors Branch doesn't mean there will be a Best Casting Oscar any time soon. Do you think there should be? Join the discussion in the comments section below, or here.

EARLIER: The Academy announced that it has created a Casting Directors Branch. Casting directors began to be invited to the Academy more than 30 years ago, many of them admitted as Members-at-Large.

The Casting Directors Branch brings the Academy branches to 17, with three members representing each on the Board of Governors. AMPAS will hold special elections this fall to select the three names for this newest branch.

Newly elected Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs stated: "Casting directors play an essential role in the filmmaking process. Their inclusion on our board will only broaden our perspective and help ensure that the Academy continues to accurately reflect the state of filmmaking today."

The issue of Academy acceptance of casting directors was recently broached in the documentary "Casting By," set to debut on HBO August 5.

This article is related to: News, Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, News, casting

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.