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Tue Jul 30, 2013, 10:14 PM

Film Academy Elects First African American President

Source: Los Angeles Times

Film academy elects first African American president: Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Los Angeles Times | July 30, 2013 | 6:58 PM

Veteran Hollywood marketer Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been elected the first African American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that hands out the Oscars each year.

Isaacs, a longtime academy insider who most recently held the job of first vice president, will serve a one-year term with eligibility to stay in the role for three additional years.

She was elected Tuesday evening over governor Rob Friedman, Lionsgate motion picture group co-chair, by the academy's 48-member board of governors.

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The election of Isaacs comes at a time when the academy is interested in addressing the issue of diversity. A 2012 Los Angeles Times survey found that the academy was overwhelmingly white, male and older. Though outgoing president Hawk Koch and academy chief executive officer Dawn Hudson have made strides to increase the diversity within the organization eliminating the quota system for electing members, bringing in additional women to the board the group is still predominantly male and white.

The addition of Isaacs to the top post means the academy will now be run by two women, including Hudson.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-film-academy-elects-first-african-american-president-20130730,0,2262593.story

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Hissyspit Jul 2013 OP
MADem Jul 2013 #1
Cha Jul 2013 #3
Bluenorthwest Jul 2013 #2
MADem Jul 2013 #4
Bluenorthwest Jul 2013 #5
TeamPooka Jul 2013 #6
BumRushDaShow Jul 2013 #7

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 10:16 PM

1. This is a BIG DEAL. This is HUGE in the entertainment industry, which has been so white/male

and entrenched down the years.

You need to put the link in, though.

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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 10:56 PM

3. It is a Huge Deal.. obviously, Cheryl Boone Isaacs is well

qualified and now she has a chance to show the movie world what she's got to be President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 11:02 PM

4. She is the logical choice; she has the most experience and she's highly regarded.

She looks cheery in this pic--I am very happy for her!

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Response to MADem (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 11:04 PM

5. She's totally great and well liked for good reasons

 

Yipeee!

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 02:03 AM

6. Congrats Cheryl!

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 05:34 AM

7. K&R

and a long time coming!

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