Cheryl Boone Issacs Elected First AA President Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
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Cheryl Boone Issacs Elected First AA President Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Veteran Hollywood marketing executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected, yesterday

evening, as the new president of the Academy

of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who you will know better as the

organization that hands out the Oscars

every year.

Isaacs, the first African American to hold the

post and only the third woman in the organization’s 86 year history, is a

longtime academy and industry insider, who most recently held the job of first vice

president. She will serve a one-year term, with eligibility to stay in the role for

three additional years.

Isaacs, who previously worked as president of theatrical marketing

at New Line Cinema and executive vp of

worldwide publicity at Paramount

Pictures, has served in every office within the organization except

president.

Of course, without saying, the election of Isaacs comes at

a time when the Academy is interested in addressing the issue of diversity.

According to a recent  Los Angeles Times article, they found “that

the academy was (still) overwhelmingly white, male and older,” which is not exactly a huge surprise.

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