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The Academy has invited 683 new members to join their ranks

30 June 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Yesterday afternoon, the ranks of Oscar voters grew substantially, with some welcome diversity added in for good measure. Yes, the Academy sent out invitations for new membership about 24 hours ago, with 683 names getting the coveted tap on the proverbial shoulder. Again, what made it so interesting to note is that AMPAS seemed to actively seek out women, minorities, and younger artists, hoping to make the demographics of the Academy slightly less centered on older white males. It won’t suddenly change the makeup of the Oscar nominations or upend how the Academy Awards go down next year, but it’s a slow step in the right direction, and that’s worth applauding for sure. As you can see below, in addition to basically all of last year’s Oscar winners, the new members are a diverse slate. Among the names you’ll see in the acting branch now are John Boyega, »

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ABC Teams With Debra Martin Chase To Adapt Gail Lumet Buckley’s Book ‘The Black Calhouns’ As Miniseries

5 April 2016 1:27 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Debra Martin Chase (Sparkle) is set to produce The Black Calhouns, a miniseries for ABC that chronicles the story of one African American family against the backdrop of major events in American history. The project, now in development, is based on The Black Calhouns, the family history book written by Gail Lumet Buckley, daughter of Hollywood icon Lena Horne. ABC Signature Studios, a division of ABC Studios, has optioned the tome, published on February 2, 2016 by the… »

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TNT Eyes Legal Drama Based On Detroit Prosecutor Kym Worthy From Viola Davis, Debra Martin Chase & ‘Empire’ Writer

22 March 2016 6:15 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

I hear TNT is developing Conviction, a legal drama inspired by the life of Kym Worthy, the chief prosecutor of Wayne County, Mi, known as the toughest woman in Detroit. How To Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis is executive producing the project with Debra Martin Chase (Sparkle). Empire co-executive producer Ayanna Floyd is writing the script and executive producing. The project was originally developed at ABC during the 2014-2015 season with another writer. ABC has a… »

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