Janet Yang elected president of the Motion Picture Academy, making history

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Producer Janet Yang has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s Board of Governors. [Courtesy]

Producer Janet Yang has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s Board of Governors.

“Janet is a tremendously dedicated and strategic leader who has an incredible record of service at the Academy. She has been instrumental in launching and elevating several Academy initiatives on membership recruitment, governance, and equity, diversity, and inclusion,” said Academy CEO Bill Kramer in a statement.

“I am thrilled that she is taking 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 motion pictures, and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.”

According to Variety, Yang, who is of Chinese descent, is the first Asian person ever selected as president of the Academy.

She’s also just the fourth woman to become the Academy’s president, following Cheryl Boone Isaacs (2013-2017), Fay Kanin (1979-1983) and Bette Davis (two months in 1941).

Yang’s extensive film producing credits include “The Joy Luck Club,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Zero Effect,” “High Crimes,” “Dark Matter,” “Shanghai Calling” and the Oscar-nominated animated feature “Over the Moon.” She won an Emmy Award for the HBO film “Indictment: The McMartin Trial.”

Yang is beginning her first term as president and her second term as a Governor-at-Large.

A member of the Academy’s Producers Branch since 2002, Yang most recently served on the board as vice president and chair of the Membership Committee and prior to that, the Membership and Governance Committee.  She also serves as co-chair of the Academy’s Asian Affinity Group.

The Board of Governors sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission. The Board also elected the following officers:

• Teri E. Dorman, Vice President (chair, Membership Committee)
• Donna Gigliotti, Vice President/Secretary (chair, Governance Committee)
• Lynette Howell Taylor, Vice President (chair, Awards Committee)
• Larry Karaszewski, Vice President (chair, History and Preservation Committee)
• David Linde, Vice President/Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee)
• Isis Mussenden, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee)
• Kim Taylor-Coleman, Vice President (chair, Equity and Inclusion Committee)
• Wynn P. Thomas, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee)

-BAM

 

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