Janet Yang becomes first Asian elected president of film academy

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Hollywood producer Janet Yang has been named the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s board of directors. Yang, of Chinese descent, is the first Asian person ever to hold the position and the fourth woman behind Fay Kanin (1979-1983), Cheryl Boone Isaacs (2013-2017) and Bette Davis (Davis resigned after two months in 1941) .

Yang begins her first term as president and her second term as governor. The council also voted on the officials, choosing:

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  • Teri E. Dorman, Vice Chairman (Chairman, Membership Committee)

  • Donna Gigliotti, Vice President/Secretary (Chairman, Governance Committee)

  • Lynette Howell Taylor, Vice President (Chairman, Awards Committee)

  • Larry Karaszewski, Vice President (Chairman, History and Preservation Committee)

  • David Linde, Vice President/Treasurer (Chairman, Finance Committee)

  • Isis Mussenden, Vice-Chairman (Chairman Museum Committee)

  • Kim Taylor-Coleman, Vice President (Chairman, Equity and Inclusion Committee)

  • Wynn P. Thomas, Vice President (Chairman, Education and Outreach Committee)

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“Janet is a tremendously committed and strategic leader with an incredible track record at the Academy,” said Bill Kramer, Academy CEO. “I am thrilled to have her take on the esteemed role of Academy President and look forward to working closely with her on our shared vision to serve our membership, celebrate the collaborative arts and sciences of film, and bring the next generation to inspire filmmakers. ”

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Yang, 66, is an established Hollywood figure who has worked with filmmakers such as Oliver Stone and Kathryn Bigelow. Her previous credits include “The Joy Luck Club” (1993), “The People vs. Larry Flynt” (1996) and the Oscar-nominated “Over the Moon” (2020). Yang has been a member of the Academy’s Producers Branch since 2002 and most recently served on the Board of Directors as Vice President and Chairman of the Membership Committee and before that, the Membership and Governance Committee. She is also co-chair of the Academy’s Asian Affinity Group.

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One governor described her as: Variety as “a very smart and seasoned professional” in July.

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Under the Academy’s statutes, presidents are elected for a term of one year and cannot be elected for more than four consecutive terms. Yang follows former presidents, including well-known figures such as Frank Pierson, Karl Malden and Gregory Peck.

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