Ten years after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created its Casting Directors branch in 2013, the Board of Governors of the Academy has announced the establishment of a new branch, the Production and Technology branch, comprising of 400 individuals. These members had been earlier categorized as Members-at-Large.
To keep up with the evolution and in recognizing new professions, the Academy formed a new branch. It represents members working in key technical and production positions throughout all phases of filmmaking, from pre- to post-production.
Branch members in this new category include chief technology officers, senior department heads in technology and creative services, and preservation and restoration specialists. Moreover, credited production roles, including stunt coordinators, script supervisors, choreographers, music supervisors, colorists, line producers, and associate producers, will also be included.
With this change, now the Academy has total 18 branches that represent all facets of the film industry. One branch member will be elected to the Board of Governors for the 2023–2024 fiscal year.
Academy membership requirements to be considered for invitation to the Production and Technology Branch can be found here.