WHAT IS THE CRITICS CHOICE ASSOCIATION?
The CCA is a group of broadcast, radio and online critics as well as entertainment journalists who review films and documentaries as well as scripted and unscripted television. Founded 28 years ago by Joey Berlin, Rod Lurie and 42 founding members, the CCA is now the largest critics organization in the U.S. and Canada with more than 500 members. The CCA was officially formed in 2019 with the merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and its sister organization, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.
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WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BECOME A CCA MEMBER?
Applicants must be professional film critics or entertainment journalists whose coverage is available on a regular basis to a wide audience. Online critics must be a primary critic on their site. Radio film critics must be heard in NY/LA or at least five markets in addition to their primary radio station.
CCA has a full-time Membership Director who is constantly monitoring outlets and postings of its members to insure all CCA members are working critics. CCA also has an outside third-party advisor for complaints and concerns about individual members or issues which can be communicated via the CCA website.
HOW CAN I SEE THE CCA ACTUAL MEMBERSHIP LIST?
The CCA membership list is always available to anyone to view on the criticschoice.com website.
HOW DIVERSE IS THE CCA MEMBERSHIP? CCA conducted an extensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey of the membership in 2021. HERE ARE SOME OF THE RESULTS: POC 25% broken down by: ASIAN 5% FEMALE 32%
MALE 68% MIXED 8%
IDENTIFY AS DISABLED 9%
Steps are being taken to increase the number of diverse voices even further within the CCA. There is always room for improvement. This is not a new focus for the CCA but rather an ongoing principle of the Organization. 6
WHAT ELSE IS THE CCA DOING TO PROMOTE INCLUSIVITY?
The CCA has presented the SeeHer Award to strong women who push boundaries and defy stereotypes. Past recipients have included Halle Berry, Zendaya, Viola Davis, Claire Foy, Gal Gadot and Kristin Bell.
Since 2014, the CCA has showcased both emerging and established talent at the Celebration of Black Cinema. Last year we added television categories.
Last year the CCA launched the Celebration of Latino Cinema honoring the finest achievements in front of and behind the camera.
WHO VOTES ON THE CCA AWARDS SHOWS?
Only members of the Critics Choice Association can vote. The group is comprised of more than 500 broadcast, radio and online critics as well as entertainment journalists. The inaugural Critics Choice Awards were presented in 1996.
CCA INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIP
The CCA recently opened an International Branch and is actively recruiting new members. This year, the CCA recruited dozens of new International members.
WHAT CAN CCA MEMBERS ACCEPT REGARDING GIFTS AND TRAVEL?
Studios and Networks may provide token gifts or promotional items capped at a value of $50. Travel is acceptable upon approval from the member’s employer and if the travel is to attend a press junket or special event. The official ethics rules in the CCA bylaws prevent abuse of the system by limiting the acceptable value of gifts and work-related expenses.
CCA LEADERSHIP JOEY BERLIN CEO, CRITICS CHOICE ASSOCIATION
JOHN DE SIMIO EVP, CRITICS CHOICE ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS PAULETTE COHN PARADE JACQUELINE COLEY ROTTEN TOMATOES CLAYTON DAVIS VARIETY GRAE DRAKE FOX 11 – LOS ANGELES SHAWN EDWARDS WDAF-TV FOX – KANSAS CITY JIM FERGUSON KGUN9 – ABC – WB KWBA TV TUCSON SEAN O’CONNELL CINEMABLEND MARK RAMSEY MARK RAMSEY MEDIA SAM RUBIN KTLA-TV – LOS ANGELES
BRANCH PRESIDENTS CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL & CARLA RENATA DOCUMENTARY BRANCH PETE HAMMOND FILM BRANCH KEVIN FALLON & ED MARTIN TV BRANCH RON JACOBSOHN & CLAUDE BUDIN-JUTEAU INTERNATIONAL BRANCH TRAVIS HOPSON & SEAN O’CONNELL SUPER AWARDS BRANCH SARA VOORHEES BOARD ADVISOR DAVID FREEDMAN NOMINATING COMMITTEES COORDINATOR 11
• In 2021, the Celebration of Black Cinema & Television donated to the AMPAS Gold Rising Program in honor of Melvin Van Peebles • In previous years, the Celebration of Black Cinema donated to the AMPAS Gold Rising Program in honor of Chadwick Boseman and the UCLA Film & Television Archive • The CCA gives grants to college students being mentored by CCA members while they train as film critics at media outlets • The CCA gives grants to various film festivals including SXSW, Real to Reel Film Festival, Middleburg Film Festival, Sacramento Film Festival, Trinity Film Festival and others • The CCA has given larger grants to organizations including Heifer International and Water.org
CONTACTS JOEY BERLIN
JOHN DE SIMIO
CEO, CRITICS CHOICE ASSOCIATION firstname.lastname@example.org 310-430-0625
EVP, CRITICS CHOICE ASSOCIATION email@example.com 310-464-7298
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