ABOVE PHOTO: Cheryl Boone Isaacs
LOS ANGELES – A veteran publicist is the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The organization’s board of governors elected Cheryl Boone Isaacs to the position Tuesday evening.
She is the first woman to hold the post in three decades and the first African American president in the academy’s history.
Isaacs was elected to a one-year term but is eligible to serve four successive terms. She succeeds Hawk Koch, who served for one year but was ineligible for re-election.
According to Variety, it was that 48-person body that chose Isaacs, the first vice president of the Academy board. Isaacs, who has held every other Academy board officer position and also produced last year’s Governor’s Awards, also becomes the first female Academy president since Fay Kanin in 1979-83 and third overall, counting the two-month tenure of Bette Davis in 1941.
Boone Isaacs currently heads CBI Enterprises, where she has consulted on such films as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.” She previously served as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema, where she oversaw box office successes including “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Rush Hour.” Prior to joining New Line in 1997, Boone Isaacs was exec worldwide publicity veep for Paramount Pictures, where she orchestrated publicity campaigns for Oscar picture winners “Forrest Gump” and “Braveheart.”
Isaacs previously served as first vice president of the film academy, which announced its new president via Twitter.