From Academy Bylaws:
Article III, Section 1. Membership shall be by invitation of the Board of Governors. Invitations to active membership shall be limited to those persons active in the motion picture arts and sciences, or credited with screen achievements, or who have otherwise achieved distinction in the motion picture arts and sciences and who, in the opinion of the Board, are qualified for membership.
To be considered for membership in the Executives Branch of the Academy, a candidate must:
(a) have been functioning for at least five years at a senior executive level and be a driving force in the creation of motion pictures at an organization such as a major / independent studio, production company, streamer, and/or entity that distributes theatrical motion pictures. Qualifying positions, or their equivalent include, but are not limited to, the following key positions:
Head of Production (Creative)
EVP of Production (Creative)
Head of Production (Physical)
EVP of Production (Physical)
Head of Domestic Distribution
EVP of Domestic Distribution
Head of International Distribution
EVP of International Distribution
Head of Animation
EVP of Animation
Head of Business Affairs
EVP of Business Affairs
In addition, the organization at which the candidate has achieved the qualifying position should be a company which has been producing and/or releasing pictures for the most recent five years, and has released at least three theatrical features (two for Animated features) during that span
(b) have been functioning as head of an organization that is not actively producing or distributing motion pictures and whose mission is aligned with the Academy’s to recognize and uphold excellence in motion picture arts and sciences. Organizations include (but are not limited to) festivals, guilds/trade organizations, and non-profits with a mission of education and advancement in the industry.
(c) have, in the judgment of the majority of the Executives Branch Executive Committee, otherwise achieved unique distinction, earned special merit, regardless of title made an outstanding contribution, or demonstrated exceptional promise as a motion picture executive.
To keep membership in the Executives Branch active, members must continue to serve in the motion picture industry for a period of no less than twenty years, said length of service to include the years prior to membership as well as those subsequent to joining the Academy.
In the event a member leaves the industry to take up employment in a non-entertainment industry field of endeavor or takes a hiatus from working status prior to completing the required years of service, the candidate will be designated for membership status change to Emeritus, said change to become effective one year after notification.
In the event a member who has been moved to Emeritus status resumes employment in the motion picture industry, the candidate may request to return to Active status.