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Academy Names Senior Museum Posts

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 21, 2012 at 6:05PM

As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences adjusts to a year of considerable change, new CEO Dawn Hudson is pushing forward with the new Academy museum at LACMA West, the venerable May Company building.
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As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences adjusts to a year of considerable change, new CEO Dawn Hudson is pushing forward with the new Academy Museum at LACMA West, the venerable May Company building.

Hudson has named staffer Heather Cochran and former Sundance fundraiser Bill Kramer to new posts as managing director and managing director, development, respectively, of the Academy Museum Project. Cochran, who has been staff administrator for the museum since 2004,  will oversee the project, while Kramer, the former chief advancement officer for the Southern California Institute of Architecture, will be responsible for the museum’s capital campaign and fundraising efforts.

The Academy Museum recently acquired for its collection the ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz."


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.