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Veteran Hollywood producer says ‘industry of creative people’ must find a way to boost opportunities for people from non-white backgrounds
A former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has challenged the body which organises the Oscars to help increase diversity in the wake of the current row over all-white lists of nominees.
Hawk Koch, a producer of movies such as Source Code and Gorky Park who was president of the Academy from 2012 to 2013, said efforts should be made in Hollywood to include all under-represented groups in every area of the industry.
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- Ben Child
Hawk Koch, producer of films such as “Source Code” and “Gorky Park,” served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2012-13. In this open letter, he issues to a challenge to members of every branch of the industry to find a way to create more opportunities for diverse talent.
I am a former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and volunteer on several committees, although I am no longer on the Board of Governors and have no governing powers. After working for more than 50 years in the entertainment business, I have an abiding passion for the work we do. This personal letter arises out of that passion.
Lately I – along with many others – have been thinking long and hard about the dearth of diversity within our industry. I say “our industry” because I don’t believe this is just an Academy »
- Variety Staff
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