#OscarsSoWhite is getting the globe interested.
On Monday evening, I was asked to appear on CCTV9 World Insight – the Beijing-based English-language Chinese News in Review television program. They wanted to discuss the Oscar rules announced Friday night, which will expand the Academy membership dramatically over the next five years, focusing on new members who are women and people of color. The Oscars are also instituting a “phase-out” process, where older members will have to demonstrate that they have been active in the industry within the last ten years to maintain their voting status.
The questions were the same that we are all asking – is the problem with the Academy voters? Or is it really about access to projects? Access to distribution for films with people of color?
One news piece is not going to change the world, but I can promise that the world is looking at Hollywood. Can we (and the Oscars) do better to reflect the world we actually live in? As I say at the end of the interview, I truly hope so.
Elizabeth leads the China Task Force for the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is half of the sister-team of Two Camels Films, with Writer/Director Emily Dell. She is currently producing several Mandarin-language and Chinese-based action films, including RULES OF BUSINESS with the China Film Corporation (中国电影集团公司), and TIGER MOTHER, selected for the PGA Diversity Workshop 2014. Elizabeth produced B-GIRL, a narrative hip-hop dance feature distributed worldwide which is featured on Showtime, Encore and Starz networks. She is also the CFO and co-founder of Array Entertainment, a slate fund focused on female-driven films. Finally, Elizabeth produces digital media, producing 100+ episodes of branded entertainment for YouTube and other platforms.
Elizabeth sits on the PGA International Committee and is part of the PGA New Media Council. Elizabeth is a regular speaker on China, entertainment, digital media, and entrepreneurship. Elizabeth and her sister are featured in the National Women’s History Museum. Elizabeth has a Chemistry degree from Amherst College and Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley.