Two of the entertainment industry’s most high-profile institutions, the Motion Picture Academy and the Television Academy, should merge, writes Stephen Galloway, executive editor of The Hollywood Reporter, in a column published today.
His reasoning is simple: The barriers that separate the two art forms are coming down, so the barriers that separate the institutions should also be dissolved.
Hollywood has a tendency to cling to the past, Galloway notes, quipping that the industry has “welcomed change with about the same relish the dinosaurs welcomed the Ice Age.” But he makes the point that this tendency sometimes means Hollywood is out of step with progress, such as when it resisted the arrival of synchronized sound as a “passing fad” and when it downplayed the arrival of television.
“Who’d want to sit at home and watch a black-and-white box, they scoffed, unaware that an entire post-war generation was about to do just that,” Galloway writes.
He adds: “Now the establishment is clinging to another outmoded idea: that film and TV are not just separate industries but also separate art forms, to be kept at arm’s length. It’s a specious notion that will soon seem as prehistoric as, well, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to THR to read Galloway’s full column.