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Academy Board of Governors Is Now 39% Female

30 June 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Director Kimberly Peirce, a new member of the Academy’s board of governors: ScreenSlam/YouTube

Shortly after inviting a historic 774 new members to join its ranks, the Academy held its annual board of governors election and, per The Hollywood Reporter, women were elected in “unprecedented” numbers. Twenty-one of the 54 board members are female, or approximately 39 percent. This is a significant change from last year’s election, which saw women representing 31 percent of the board’s seats. The 2015–2016 board was 33 percent female.

Among the board’s first-time members are Whoopi Goldberg and “Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce. Overall, 10 of the 17 seats up for election went to newcomers — people who have never served on the board before. Participant Media exec vp/former Academy Cmo Christina Kounelias, cinematographer Mandy Walker (“Hidden Figures”), costume designer Isis Mussenden (“Masters of Sex”), and sound editor Teri E. Dorman (“La La Land”) were also elected for the first time.

Women re-elected to the board of governors include casting director Lora Kennedy (“Wonder Woman”), editor Kate Amend (“The Keepers”), and makeup artist/hairstylist Kathryn L. Blondell (“Snatched”).

“The Academy is divided into 17 branches, each of which is represented with three seats on the board; there also are three seats on the board for governors who are appointed by the president, for an unspecified period of time, to represent the interests of diversity,” THR writes of the election process. “All but the diversity governors are elected to three-year terms, which are staggered so that only one seat from each branch is subject to election in any given year. Each governor is chosen through a vote by the rank-and-file members of the applicable branch after they have winnowed down a field of interested candidates to a number no greater than four.”

Exiting Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ seat went to Kounelias. Boone Isaacs is retiring from the board after about 25 years and will finish up her fourth and final term as prez this summer. The Academy’s next president will be chosen at the new board’s first meeting in July. Boone Isaacs became the first woman of color to serve as Academy President back in 2013.

Under Boone Isaacs’ leadership the Academy has sought to increase the number of women and people of color among its membership. The historic 39 percent female board of governors — the Academy’s leaders — is one of the results of her work over the past four years, and marks her legacy. It could also signify a continued fight for diversity and inclusivity after Boone Isaacs steps down.

Academy Board of Governors Is Now 39% Female was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Whoopi Goldberg elected Academy governor

29 June 2017 4:27 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

2017-18 intake includes Participant Media CEO David Linde.

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced its 2017–18 board of governors on Thursday.

The new intake includes Whoopi Goldberg, Participant Media CEO David Linde, and Boys Don’t Cry and I Love Dick director Kimberly Peirce.

Cinematographer Mandy Walker and costume designer Isis Mussenden were also elected for the first time, as were production designer Wynn P. Thomas, and Christina Kounelias from the Academy’s public relations branch.

The intake includes Thomas R. Sito from the short films and feature animation branch, Teri E. Dorman from sound, and writer Larry Karaszewski.

Incumbent governors re-elected to the board include producer Albert Berger, casting director Lora Kennedy, documentary branch member Kate Amend, editor Michael Tronick, Kathryn L. Blondell from the makeup artists and hairstylists branch, and Charles Bernstein from the music branch.

Richard Edlund from the visual effects branch returns to the board after a hiatus.

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The Academy Board of Governors Is Getting More Female

29 June 2017 3:22 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has picked its newly elected 2017–18 Board of Governors. Like the new 774 members invited to join the Academy this week, they are an eclectic and diverse group — and now, 38% of the board is female. Among them: Former Academy public relations executive Christina Kounelias, now at Participant Media, joins her boss David Linde on the board.

Read More: The Film Academy Invited a Bunch of TV Stars to Vote for the Oscars, But They Won’t Admit It

Those elected to the Board for the first time are:

Whoopi Goldberg, Actors Branch

Mandy Walker, Cinematographers Branch

Isis Mussenden, Costume Designers Branch

Wynn P. Thomas, Designers Branch

Kimberly Peirce, Directors Branch

David Linde, Executives Branch

Christina Kounelias, Public Relations Branch

Thomas R. Sito, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch

Teri E. Dorman, Sound Branch

Larry Karaszewski, Writers Branch

Incumbent governors reelected to the Board include:

Lora Kennedy, »

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The Academy Board of Governors Is Getting More Female

29 June 2017 3:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has picked its newly elected 2017–18 Board of Governors. Like the new 774 members invited to join the Academy this week, they are an eclectic and diverse group — and now, 38% of the board is female. Among them: Former Academy public relations executive Christina Kounelias, now at Participant Media, joins her boss David Linde on the board.

Read More: The Film Academy Invited a Bunch of TV Stars to Vote for the Oscars, But They Won’t Admit It

Those elected to the Board for the first time are:

Whoopi Goldberg, Actors Branch

Mandy Walker, Cinematographers Branch

Isis Mussenden, Costume Designers Branch

Wynn P. Thomas, Designers Branch

Kimberly Peirce, Directors Branch

David Linde, Executives Branch

Christina Kounelias, Public Relations Branch

Thomas R. Sito, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch

Teri E. Dorman, Sound Branch

Larry Karaszewski, Writers Branch

Incumbent governors reelected to the Board include:

Lora Kennedy, »

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Whoopi Goldberg Among New Film Academy Governors

29 June 2017 2:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the results of this year’s Board of Governors election.

Among those newly elected are Whoopi Goldberg (Actors Branch), Kimberly Peirce (Directors Branch) and Larry Karaszewski (Writers Branch).

Goldberg beat out fellow actors Geena Davis, Edward James Olmos and Rita Wilson for her spot. Peirce toppled Donald M. Petrie, while Karaszewski beat Aline Brosh McKenna, John Ridley and Dana Stevens.

In all, nine women were elected or re-elected to the Board.

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One notable name absent from the list is Rob Friedman, who was angling for Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ soon-to-be-vacated public relations seat and was said to still be interested in running for president of the Academy. Former Academy marketing chief Christina Kounelias won that seat instead.

Those elected to the Board for the first time are:

Whoopi Goldberg, Actors Branch

Mandy Walker, Cinematographers »

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