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Academy Governors Choose Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the First African-American AMPAS President

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 31, 2013 at 3:35AM

Tuesday night the newly elected board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voted for a new president to replace outgoing Hawk Koch, who had come to the end of his one-year term. The race was between two members of the Academy Public Relations Branch, Lionsgate motion picture chief Rob Friedman, who has a demanding full-time job, and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a former Paramount and Lionsgate marketing and publicity executive whose firm CBI Enterprises, Inc. consults on such film campaigns as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.”
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Cheryl Boone-Isaacs
Cheryl Boone-Isaacs

Tuesday night the newly elected board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voted for a new president to replace outgoing Hawk Koch, who had come to the end of his one-year term. The race was between two members of the Academy Public Relations Branch, Lionsgate motion picture chief Rob Friedman, who has a demanding full-time job, and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a former Paramount and Lionsgate marketing and publicity executive whose firm CBI Enterprises, Inc. consults on such film campaigns as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.”

Boone Isaacs, who is beginning her 21st year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch, served as Academy first vice president during the past year. She also produced the 2012 Governors Awards. 

In addition, Disney/Pixar animation czar John Lasseter was elected first vice president, after having served one-year terms as treasurer (2011-2012) and secretary (2009-2010). Jeffrey Kurland and Leonard Engelman were elected to vice president posts; Dick Cook was elected treasurer; and Phil Robinson was elected secretary. Robinson served as vice president during the past year, his fourth consecutive term in that office (2009-2013). These will be the first officer stints for Engelman, Kurland and Cook. 

Boone Isaacs' brother Ashley Boone was also a prominent studio executive. Fay Kanin is the only other woman to serve as AMPAS president. Boone Isaacs is the first African American to hold the post in the Academy's 86-year history.

Academy board members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.

This article is related to: Paramount, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences


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