FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is trying to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities. Academy Gold, an inclusive film academy internship program that just wrapped its second summer, helps students learn the ropes of the entertainment business and get a foot in the door before college graduation. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Diversity-focused academy program boots Hollywood dreamers

August 15, 2018 - 12:20 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is trying to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities at the most critical moment — when college graduation is in sight.

Now its second year, the Academy Gold program provided 107 college students from across the nation with paid internships at Los Angeles-based companies such as HBO, Warner Bros., Dolby Laboratories, Universal Pictures, IMAX and AMC Networks.

The program, which expanded by 30 slots this year, also hosted film screenings and weekly panels on various aspects of the film industry from people at the top of their fields.

Some who have gone through the program, which wrapped up its second iteration this weekend, say it makes their dreams of working in the entertainment industry seem attainable.

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