Los Angeles, Calif. – The Academy Board of Governors has confirmed the reappointment of current governors-at-large DeVon Franklin (Executives Branch), Rodrigo García (Directors Branch) and Janet Yang (Producers Branch).  They will each serve an additional three-year term beginning on July 1.

“The level of commitment DeVon, Rodrigo and Janet have shown to the Academy, its members, and our ongoing investment in representation, inclusion and equity is immeasurable.  They are highly valued leaders, and we as a Board are pleased to provide this opportunity for them to continue their great work,” said Academy President David Rubin.

As with the governors representing each of the Academy’s 17 branches, governors-at-large may serve up to two three-year terms (consecutive or non-consecutive), followed by a two-year hiatus, after which eligibility renews for up to two additional three-year terms, for a lifetime maximum of 12 years.  The Board of Governors sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission.

The Academy’s 2022-2023 Board of Governors will be elected in June.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.


Upcoming Film, Education, and Public Programs at the Academy Museum.

June –July Film, Education, and Public Programs

Los Angeles, Calif. – This summer, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures launches the film series Summer of Love, celebrating big screen romances from the 1990s, including Love Jones (1997), a new 4K restoration of Mississippi Masala (1991), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and much more. The museum will also be the exclusive Los Angeles venue for the first-ever US retrospective of Hungarian screenwriter and director Márta Mészáros; as well as 40th anniversary screenings of cult classic fantasy film The Last Unicorn (1982), with author/screenwriter Peter Beagle in attendance for a Q&A, and groundbreaking gay romance Making Love (1982)—with a Q&A featuring A. Scott Berg, Barry Sandler, and Harry Hamlin.

On June 3, teens are invited to a screen-printing poster workshop with Self Help Graphics & Art, and later that evening, at 7pm in the David Geffen Theater, activists Dolores Huerta and Eva Longoria will be in conversation on how film can have an impact on social change. On June 26, Carlos López Estrada will discuss poetry and the inspirations behind his film Summertime (2020). Our June Calm Morning program—our sensory-friendly activities—and accommodative screening, will focus on early cinema through explorations of our exhibition The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection, while July will focus on the fantastical worlds.

Films are shown in 35mm, 70mm, and digital laser projection in our beautiful 288-seat Ted Mann Theater (TMT) and 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater (DGT). In some cases, films have been restored by the Academy Film Archive or another film partner. Select screenings include introductions, Q&As, and/or special guests, so please check our website for updates, download our digital film guide, or follow us @academymuseumscreenings on Instagram.

Education and Public Programs

Activism and Film: Dolores Huerta and Eva Longoria in Conversation
Fri, Jun 3 | 7pm | DGT
Exploring the intersections of activism and filmmaking, American labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will be in conversation with actress, producer, director, entrepreneur, and activist Eva Longoria. The Walt Disney Company Piazza will be activated with music and local food vendors and a poster screen-printing workshop with Self Help Graphics & Art for teens leading up to the talk.

My Place in the Sun
Book Signing | Fri, Jun 10 | 5pm | Academy Museum Store
In the book My Place in the Sun: Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington, George Stevens Jr. emerges from the shadow of his celebrated Hollywood director father to claim his own place as a visionary force in American culture. Join us at the Academy Museum Store for a book signing with author George Stevens Jr.

Building Character: Animation
Sat, June 11 | 6pm | TMT
Learn about the process of creating a character in animation with Renato dos Anjos and Kira Lethtomaki (EncantoWreck-It Ralph).

Grease: The Directors Notebook
Book Signing | Sat, Jun 11 | 1pm | Academy Museum Store
Released more than four decades ago, Grease (1978) is one of the highest-grossing musical films of all time and a bona fide global sensation with legions of devoted fans across generations. Join us at the Academy Museum Store for a book signing with Grease director Randal Kleiser.

Film and Poetry with Carlos López Estrada and Get Lit
Sun, Jun 26 | 5pm | TMT
Academy Award-nominated director Carlos López Estrada will talk about the influence and inclusion of poetry in his films. He will discuss his film Summertime (2020)—a collaboration with the youth poetry organization Get Lit. An accompanying poetry workshop for teens will be facilitated by poets from Get Lit, during which teens can create poems about themselves, their communities, and their relationship to their city.

Calm Mornings
Calm Mornings is an ongoing monthly program that creates an environment for all visitors to enjoy less-sensory-stimulating spaces with moderated sound and lighting displays. In June, visitors are invited to explore the magic of pre-cinematic optical toys before an 11am accommodative screening of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011) in the Ted Mann Theater. The July program will encourage visitor to explore fantastical worlds featured in our Stories of Cinema exhibition, followed by the 11am accommodative screening of The Red Turtle (2016) in the Ted Mann Theater.

Film Programs

Summer of Love: 1990s Romances
June 2–July 30
The 1990s saw the release of many iconic romance films that forged paths for ones to come by pushing the boundaries of the genre. From the comic to the repressed, the doomed to the joyfully queer, the last decade of the 20th century expanded conventional notions of love. We invite you to come spend this summer of love with us. The series kicks off with a 4K restoration of Mississippi Masala (1991) with an introduction by community partner Visual Communications.

Mississippi Masala
Thu, Jun 2 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

But I’m a Cheerleader with Point Break
Sat, Jun 4 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

The Age of Innocence
Fri, Jun 17 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

The Watermelon Woman with Greetings from Africa
Sat, Jun 18 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

The Best Man
Sun, Jun 19 | 2pm | TMT | 35mm

Love Jones
Fri, Jun 24 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

My Own Private Idaho
Thu, Jun 30 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

Before Sunrise
Fri, Jul 1 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mmSleepless in Seattle
Fri, Jul 8 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

Double Happiness with Beau Travail
Sat, Jul 9 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

Happy Together with Chungking Express
Fri, Jul 15 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

Out of Sight
Sat, Jul 16 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

Fri, Jul 22 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

Jerry Maguire
Fri, Jul 29 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

Strictly Ballroom with Romeo + Juliet
Sat, Jul 30 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm
Márta Mészáros
June 3–July 7
The Academy Museum is honored to show the West Coast debut of the first US retrospective of pioneering Hungarian filmmaker Márta Mészáros. The series includes 11 titles, complete with Diary for My Children, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes.
The Girl with  Binding Sentiments
Fri, Jun 3 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

Don’t Cry, Pretty Girls! with Riddance
Thu, Jun 9 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

Adoption with Nine Months
Fri, Jun 10 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

The Heiresses with The Two of Them
Thu, Jun 16 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

Diary for My Children with Diary for My Lovers
Sat, Jun 25 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

Diary for My Mother and Father
Thu, Jul 7 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP
Special Screenings

A Trip to the Moon and Other Trips through Time and Space…with Serge Bromberg
Sat, Jun 11 | 7:30pm | TMT
Serge Bromberg presents his most astounding film discoveries in a unique one-man-show, accompanying these rare films on the piano, honoring the way they were originally featured. In addition, Bromberg speaks about the origin of the films—and in these stories, fact is often stranger than fiction.

Making Love
Thu, Jun 23 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP
This 40th anniversary screening of the groundbreaking film, which tells the story of a man coming to terms with his sexuality, will be followed by a Q&A with A. Scott Berg, Barry Sandler, and Harry Hamlin.

The Last Unicorn
Sat, Jul 30 | 3pm | DGT | DCP
Voiced by actors Mia Farrow, Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, and Angela Lansbury, this animated fantasy film also celebrates its 40th anniversary. Screenwriter and author Peter S. Beagle and producer Michael Chase Walker will be on hand for a Q&A.
Family Matinees
Every Saturday, the Academy Museum screens films for families of all ages. All movies in this series are rated G or PG, unless otherwise noted. The final Family Matinee of every month is an accommodative screening where we offer open captioning, keep the theater dimly lit, and maintain a lower volume for neurodivergent viewers. This June, the programming is celebrating LACMA’s exhibition City of Cinema: Paris 1895–1907 by taking a journey back to the dawn of cinema in the City of Lights. In July, programming will feature Academy Award-honored family-friendly summer movies.
Hugo in 3D
Sat, Jun 4 | 11am | TMT | DCP

Shorts Program: The Mysterious Screen
Sat, Jun 11 | 11am | TMT

Shorts Program: The Magic Cinema of Georges Méliès
Sat, Jun 18 | 11am | TMT

Hugo (Accommodative Screening)
Sat, Jun 25 | 11am | TMT | DCP

The Princess Bride
Sat, Jul 2 | 11am | TMT | 35mmDick Tracy
Sat, Jul 9 | 11am | TMT | 35mm

Sat, Jul 16 | 11am | TMT | 35mm

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Sat, Jul 23 | 11am | TMT | 35mm

The Red Turtle (Accommodative Screening)
Sat, Jul 30 | 11am | TMT | DCP

The Academy Museum’s 2021–2022 programming is made possible by the support of our generous partners, including:

Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation. Participant in support of programs that engage diverse audiences in the intersection of art and activism. Ruderman Family Foundation in support of Academy Museum inclusion initiatives and programming. Cinecittà in support of an annual programming series of Italian Cinema. Gigi Pritzker Pucker and the Pritzker Foundation in generous support of social impact programs. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in support of Academy Museum programs focused on science and technology in film and the science and technology of film. Donors to our fund in support of AAPI programming, including Esther S. M. Chui-Chao, Julia and Ken Gouw, and Dr. Peter Lam Kin Ngok of Media Asia Group Holdings Limited. The generous support of Televisa Foundation-Univision in celebration of Mexican Cinema. Jacob Andreou and Carly Steel in support of Halloween film screenings.


Additional Submission Key Dates Announced.

Los Angeles, Calif. — The Academy’s Board of Governors has approved rules and campaign regulations for the 95th Academy Awards®.

The eligibility period for Academy Awards consideration will return to the full calendar year: a feature film must have a qualifying theatrical release date between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.  The Academy Screening Room will no longer be a method of qualification, as theaters have reopened; the six qualifying U.S. metropolitan areas continue to be Los Angeles County; the City of New York; the Bay Area; Chicago, Illinois; Miami, Florida; and Atlanta, Georgia, and apply to General Entry categories as well as the Documentary and Short Film categories. 

The Board of Governors approved other rules changes for the 95th Awards including:

  • In the Documentary categories, the two category names have been changed to:
    • Documentary Feature Film
    • Documentary Short Film
  • In the Music (Original Song) category, no more than three songs from any one film may be submitted.
  • In the Sound category, producers will be required to make their films available for viewing by Sound Branch members, particularly when the release date is after the preliminary voting cycle opens.  Any special circumstances requests regarding eligible nominees must be received by the General Entry deadline of November 15, 2022.  Additionally, clips for the nominating screening (bake-off) shall not exceed 10 minutes of running time per title.

Submission deadlines are as follows:

Documentary Feature Film – Monday, October 3, 2022
International Feature Film – Monday, October 3, 2022
Animated Short Film – Friday, October 14, 2022
Documentary Short Film – Friday, October 14, 2022
Live Action Short Film – Friday, October 14, 2022
Original Score – Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Original Song – Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Animated Feature Film – Tuesday, November 15, 2022
General Entry categories – Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Campaign regulations, which specify how companies and individuals may market to Academy members films and achievements eligible for the 95th Academy Awards, were also updated.  Access to the Academy Screening Room will continue to be made available for all eligible releases.  Digital links to materials will be permitted under certain circumstances.  Film synopses may no longer contain credits, as film companies will now have the option to include credits on the Academy Screening Room prior to Nominations. 

For the complete 95th Academy Awards rules, visit

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.


Universal Pictures’ Legendary Monsters Unite for First Time at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights in All-New Haunted Houses. The Epic Battle opens on September 8, 2022 at Universal Studios Hollywood and also at Universal Orlando Resort on September 2.

Universal Pictures’ Legendary Monsters The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy
Unite for the First Time Ever at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights
in All-New Haunted Houses, “Universal Monsters: Legends Collide.”The Epic Battle Begins at Universal Orlando Resort on September 2, and opening September 8 at Universal Studios Hollywood

Orlando, Fla., Universal City, Calif. (May 17, 2022) – Universal Pictures’ most notorious horror icons, The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy, come together for the first time ever in the all-new “Universal Monsters: Legends Collide” haunted houses as part of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort – where these infamous classic monsters invite guests to join them in an epic battle beginning this September.

Halloween Horror Nights continues to expand on the thrilling legacy from Universal Pictures – the movie studio that birthed the classic horror monsters on screen – with this original haunted house debuting at Universal Studios’ theme parks from coast-to-coast.  Inspired by the event’s previous Universal Monsters attractions, this year’s unique experience resurrects the monstrous triple threat of The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy for one harrowing haunted house.

This bi-coastal experience will transport guests to the 19th century with the trio of monsters seeking one thing: The Amulet of Ra. The Wolf Man believes this ancient relic contains the power to finally lift his dreaded curse, while Dracula and The Mummy have nefarious plans to use it to bring humankind to its knees. With the full moon on the rise and a race against time, guests find themselves entangled in a bloodthirsty battle between the terrifying titans – and only one will survive.  

Elevating the mayhem, GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, SLASH, returns to collaborate with Universal Studios Hollywood with an original composition for their haunted house.   

Halloween Horror Nights begins on Friday, September 2 in Orlando with 10 terrifying haunted houses and Thursday, September 8 in Hollywood with eight frightening haunted houses. Both events will run select nights through Monday, October 31, and additional details will be revealed soon.

Tickets and vacation packages are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort,  and tickets for Universal Studios Hollywood will be available soon. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Los Angeles, Calif. — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC today announced the 95th Oscars® will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2023.  The show will air live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide from the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood.

Academy key dates for the 2022 Oscar® season are as follows:

  • General entry categories submission deadline Tuesday, November 15, 2022
  • Governors Awards     Saturday, November 19, 2022
  • Preliminary voting begins 9 a.m. PT   Monday, December 12, 2022
  • Preliminary voting ends 5 p.m. PT   Thursday, December 15, 2022
  • Oscar Shortlists Announcement   Wednesday, December 21, 2022
  • Eligibility period ends     Saturday, December 31, 2022
  • Nominations voting begins 9 a.m. PT   Thursday, January 12, 2023
  • Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT   Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • Oscar Nominations Announcement   Tuesday, January 24, 2023
  • Oscar Nominees Luncheon    Monday, February 13, 2023
  • Finals voting begins 9 a.m. PT   Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Finals voting ends 5 p.m. PT    Tuesday, March 7, 2023
  • 95th Oscars      Sunday, March 12, 2023

All dates for the 95th Academy Awards® are subject to change.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC today announced the 95th Oscars® will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2023.  The show will air live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide from the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood.

CALL ME ELIZABETH to have live world premiere in Hollywood Fringe Festival.

June 7–12, 2022 at The Zephyr TheatreOne-woman show about Elizabeth Taylor comes home to Hollywood.

Los Angeles, Calif.Call Me Elizabeth, a one-woman show about the early life of Elizabeth Taylor, will have its live world premiere in the 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival, running June 7–12, at The Zephyr Theatre. The production is written by and stars Kayla Boye and is directed by Erin Kraft.

Fresh off her triumph as Best Actress for “Butterfield 8” and recovery from a recent brush with death, Elizabeth Taylor is struggling with her hardest role yet: herself. Through an intimate conversation with her biographer, Call Me Elizabeth examines the movie star’s early life, career and loves as she grapples with the culture of celebrity and her place as Hollywood’s brightest star. 

States Boye, “Like so many, I have long been fascinated with Elizabeth Taylor, a pop culture icon who continues to captivate more than a decade after her death. In her youth, Taylor epitomized movie stardom, later becoming associated with her fabulous jewels, her popular perfumes and her activism in the fight against HIV/AIDS. But what is the story behind the image? How does a star develop into a legend, and how does that legacy sustain itself? With Call Me Elizabeth, I hope to pay tribute to the life of this extraordinary woman by exploring how the strength of her character enabled her to break barriers with unshakable bravery and with signature style.”

Set in May 1961, Call Me Elizabeth is inspired by Taylor’s conversations with writer Max Lerner as they discuss plans for a biography. Through a morning session with Lerner at The Beverly Hills Hotel, Taylor rediscovers her sense of self following her Academy Awards triumph for “Butterfield 8” and nearly fatal battle with pneumonia. The play examines Taylor’s career, life and loves, chronicling her survival in the face of adversity and tragedy, and illuminating the core compassion of her character that inspired her later activism in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The filmed production of Call Me Elizabeth streamed during the pandemic with Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Broadway On Demand, The Youngstown Playhouse, and Porchlight Music Theatre, which benefited Howard Brown Health and Brave Space Alliance in continued support of programs concerning HIV/AIDS. The staged reading, directed by 12-time Joseph Jefferson Award-winner Hollis Resnik, was presented at The Den Theatre and named one of the Top 3 Solo Events of 2019 by the Michael and Mona Heath Fund. Presentations of the piece have been awarded grants by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund and Illinois Arts Council.

Tickets for Call Me Elizabeth are now on sale for $15 and may be purchased by visiting or by calling 323-455-4585.

ABOUT KAYLA BOYE, writer/actor/producer

Kayla is a Chicago-based artist whose credits include productions with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Drury Lane Theatre, Fireside Theatre, Capital City Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Mercury Theater Chicago, Music Theater Works, Brightside Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Bigfork Summer Playhouse, and The Huron Playhouse. As an arts administrator, she has worked in development, marketing, and finance for Goodman Theatre and Writers Theatre, and she has served as a producer for Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Garage Rep series. As a consultant for Artistic Fundraising Group, her portfolio included work for Arts of Life, BrightSide Theatre, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Chicago Mosaic School, Oak Park Festival Theatre, and Snow City Arts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she served as Executive Director of The Youngstown Playhouse. She holds a BA in Professional Writing & Editing from Youngstown State University and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

ABOUT ERIN KRAFT, director/dramaturg

Erin Kraft is a Chicago-based director whose recent projects include the world premiere of How the Hell Did I Get Here, starring Downton Abbey’s Lesley Nichol (Greenhouse Theater Center–Chicago, The McKittrick Hotel–NYC, Pittsburgh Public Theater–Pittsburgh), In A Word (Urbanite Theatre–Sarasota), the world premiere of The Great Inconvenience (Annex Theatre), We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Circle Mirror Transformation, Tender, The Lady From the Sea and The Merchant of Venice (The Theatre School). She has directed new play workshops and world premieres for Seattle Repertory Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, 20% Theatre, Prop Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre and Northwest Playwrights Alliance. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, the SDCF 2018-2019 Observership Class and earned her MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University. 

Call Me Elizabeth

Written by and starring Kayla Boye

Directed by Erin Kraft


Tuesday, June 7: 7:30pm (preview)

Thursday, June 9: 7:30pm

Saturday, June 11: 2:00pm

Sunday, June 12: 5:45pm


The Zephyr Theatre

7456 Melrose Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90046

$15 (general admission)

BOX or 323-455-4585

Updates at the Academy Museum.

Los Angeles, Calif. – The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, shares an exciting Mother’s Day Gift Guide, links to the latest and greatest Academy Museum Podcast episodes, and exciting updates to the digital platforms, which include self-guided tours that take visitors outside the walls of the museum and augmented reality activations to enhance guests’ onsite experience.


Season 1: And the Oscar® Goes to…
New Episodes Out Now

Trailer – Introducing The Academy Museum Podcast, from LAist Studios

2002: This Door Has Been Opened

1999: For Your Consideration

2019: Muchas Gracias, Mexico


Hollywood Past & Present
The Academy Museum’s Inaugural Past & Present tour looks at locations associated with the Academy Awards, from the first ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel to the Academy headquarters.

Augmented Reality
Activate the animation of pre-cinema optical toys, dissect film scenes, such as a seminal fight sequence from Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon (1973), and gain a clearer understanding of essential tools such as the multiplane camera.

Academy Museum App in Apple Store | Academy Museum App on Google Play

Santa Clarita’s Concerts in the Park series returns with free, live entertainment on Saturdays for the summer of 2022.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita’s Concerts in the Park series, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, returns with free, live entertainment on Saturdays this summer. Join thousands of your closest friends and neighbors each week and enjoy concerts on Saturday nights from July 9 to August 27 at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

The 2022 Concerts in the Park lineup features the return of Santa Clarita favorites and tributes to some of the most beloved music artists in the world. A variety of genres are on the set list, including rock and roll, country, R&B and more. Each show will begin at 7:00 p.m. with food vendors onsite, allowing concertgoers to relax and enjoy a meal or snack during the show. See the following for the full schedule:

  • July 9 — DSB: A Tribute to Journey
  • July 16 — Bruno & The Hooligans: A Tribute to Bruno Mars
  • July 23 — Redneck Rodeo OC: Country
  • July 30 — Blue Breeze Band: Soul and R&B
  • August 6 — Dreaming of You: A Tribute to Selena
  • August 13 — Yachty by Nature: Yacht Rock
  • August 20 — Twisted Gypsy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
  • August 27 — Boogie Knights: Disco

            For more information on the City of Santa Clarita’s Concerts in the Park series, please visit or email

Universal Studios Hollywood Rolls Out First Four Electric Trams in its Fleet of 21 Studio Tour Trams

Plus, Special Video Introduction by NBC’s TODAY Weather Anchor Al Roker
Featured to Share the Electric Tram Innovation

Universal City, California, April 14, 2022Universal Studios Hollywood debuts the first four electric trams in its fleet of 21 Studio Tour trams. Weather and feature anchor of NBC’s TODAY and Co-host, 3rd Hour of TODAY, Al Roker is featured in a video introduction aboard the trams as part of the guest experience.

“I am extremely proud of this innovative undertaking and our commitment to creating a zero-emissions Studio Tour fleet in collaboration with our parent company and local partners,” said Scott Strobl, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Universal Studios Hollywood. “This is just one of many steps we are taking to transform our business in line with Comcast NBCUniversal’s carbon neutral goal, all while pioneering first-class attractions for our guests.”

The world-famous, behind-the-scenes Studio Tour is a hallmark Universal Studios Hollywood attraction that, for over 55 years, has taken millions of guests from around the world through authentic movie and television production studios, featuring iconic sets made famous in blockbuster movies such as “Back to the Future” and dynamic rides such as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3-D.”  

“The Universal Studio Tour has always been a groundbreaking attraction with lots of thrills, excitement and scary moments. I’m honored to be part of an experience for adults and children to learn about these best-in-class electric trams that will transport them around this iconic studio lot and help the environment,” said Al Roker.

The conversion to electric trams was spearheaded in 2017 by visionaries within the Universal Studios Hollywood technical services department and represents some of the first-ever and largest battery-powered, off-road, high-torque and low speed mass people movers in the U.S.

Full conversion of the 21 trams from diesel-hydraulic engines to electric will help reduce carbon emissions as well as improve the guest experience by reducing noise associated with the diesel-hydraulic engine.

Installation of inductive charging technology from WAVE (Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification) by Ideanomics was a critical factor in the conversion designed to meet the trams’ rigorous daily demands of navigating the Studio’s varying topography. Trams will routinely charge during the normal operation at the start and end of the attraction route. Coupled with a regenerative braking feature, the trams will continue to build up charge when they travel downhill, providing added energy efficiency.

The elaborate clean air conversion design process evolved from a collaboration between Universal Studios Hollywood and L.A.-based Complete Coach Works to reimagine the trams from diesel-hydraulic engines to electric.

The project continues to be made possible by a grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District — the local regulatory agency that works to reduce air pollution in the region — which provides funding to replace older equipment with cleaner ones that are cost-effective while reducing air pollution.  It was also supported by a significant investment from Comcast NBCUniversal and Southern California Edison through its Charge Ready Transport Program.

“It is truly so exciting to see initiatives like Universal Studios Hollywood’s new fleet of electric Studio Tour trams come to fruition — initiatives that show our public and private entities working together to do our part to combat air quality and climate change,” said L.A. Councilmember Nithya Raman. “As a new member of the South Coast Air Quality Management Board, I am looking to broaden these types of collaborations and accelerate the positive impacts they will have for our region and world. Our climate crisis demands we do this.”

More information about Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk is available at Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Instagram @UniStudios, Twitter @UniStudios and Facebook-Universal Studios Hollywood.

For more information on Comcast NBCUniversal’s environmental efforts, visit the environment page at

About Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride” featuring the spectacularly realistic Indominus rex dinosaur, and the all-new ride “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” Universal CityWalk, located adjacent to the theme park, features such popular restaurants as VIVO Italian Kitchen, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, NBC Sports Grill & Bar and Voodoo Doughnut, along with dynamic shopping and entertainment options, including Universal Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres.

City of Santa Clarita to Unveil New Walk of Western Stars Inductees, Ricky Schroder and Cesar Romero in Old Town Newhall.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita invites community members to attend the unveiling of the newest inductees on the Walk of Western Stars on Thursday, April 21, at 5:00 p.m. Cesar Romero and Ricky Schroder will be formally enshrined with a bronze star on terrazzo tile at the unveiling, which will take place outside of Reyes Winery on Main, which is located on the west side of Main Street in Old Town Newhall, between 8th Street and Market Street.

Since 1981, the City has honored Western television, radio and film stars, and these newest inductees will join them with their own bronze tile.

Cesar Romero had an impressive career spanning six decades and made more than 200 appearances in television shows and movies, 56 of which were Westerns. In the early 1930s, Romero appeared in such classics as “The Thin Man,” “The Devil is a Woman” with Marlene Dietrich and “The Little Princess” with Shirley Temple. A Cuban-American, Romero was the first Hispanic actor to portray the iconic character of the Cisco Kid, doing so in “The Cisco Kid and the Lady.” Romero is perhaps best remembered for his role as The Joker in the 1960s “Batman” television show and feature film, making him the first actor to portray the famous villain on the big screen. Romero passed away in 1994.

Ricky Schroder began his career as a child actor, appearing in movies such as “The Champ” with Jon Voight and “The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark” with Elliott Gould. His most famous early role was as Ricky Stratton in “Silver Spoons” from 1982 to 1986. Schroder’s Western career started with the role of Newt Dobbs in the mini-series “Lonesome Dove” opposite Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones, which was one of the most-watched television events in history. He has appeared in Western TV movies such as “Blood River,” “Texas” and “Ebenezer” while also directing and starring in 2013’s “Our Wild Hearts.” Schroder has appeared in more than 50 other television and film productions in his career, including “NYPD Blue,” “Strong Medicine,” “24” and “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”

Free parking for the Walk of Western Stars unveiling will be available in the parking structure located on 9th Street between Railroad Avenue and Main Street or in the public parking lot on the corner of Main Street and 6th Street. Community members are invited to further celebrate the newest inductees at a special reception inside Reyes Winery on Main, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The reception will include light appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks, wine for purchase and video clips of the inductees’ work playing on screens. Tickets for the reception are available for purchase at for $30. Space is extremely limited. Following the reception, guests are invited to attend a Western-themed SENSES Block Party from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Main Street.

For more information about the Walk of Western Stars unveiling or reception, please contact Arts and Events Manager Phil Lantis via email at

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