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Peter Bart: Academy Meetings Intense And Urgent As They Work To Re-Energize The Oscars

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Cynics have tabbed them “The Doomsday Summits.” To believers, however, their mission is to re-energize the Oscars at a moment when award shows in general are in massive retreat. “The show should represent an exciting battlefield where forces in our culture collide,” suggests a new book titled Oscar Wars: Gold, Sweat and Tears.

While the recent “collisions” have been studies in chaos, the ongoing meetings among the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences leaders, Oscar show producers and ABC/Disney continue to search for the keys to a renaissance.

Or at least to survival. Bill Kramer, the new Academy CEO, regards himself as a consensus builder, not a collision builder. By studying the traumas of the past, what can they learn about re-shaping the present?

Viewership has been plummeting in recent years and telecast revenues (guesses put them at $120 million) are key to the survival of the Academy — its awards revenue dipped around 10.8% last year alone.

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