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Tv Academies Look At Merger

June 17, 1986

The two national television academies, which divorced in 1977, have agreed to draw up a proposed constitution that could lead to their remarriage, officials said Monday.

The decision was made after a series of meetings about whether and how to bring together the Hollywood-based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the New York-based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Hollywood unit split from the other in 1977 over a dispute about how the organization was run.

The new constitution that now will be drafted will "set forth specific procedures and methods by which a reunified academy would operate," executives from the two organizations said. It then will be subject to approval by the boards of both groups.

No timetable for completing the document was announced.

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