Motion Picture Academy Names Former Disney, Paramount Exec to Head PR

In a newly created position, Jasmine Madatian basically replaces Leslie Unger, who resigned in November

The Academy of Motions Pictures Arts and Sciences has created a new position, managing director of communications, which will be held by Jasmine Madatian.

Madatian will oversee publicity and corporate communications campaigns for the organizations, including all of the press around the Academy Awards.

Although it is a new position, Madatian basically replaces communications director Leslie Unger, who resigned last November after 19 years with the Academy.

Also read: Oscars Publicist Leslie Unger Resigns

Madatian starts July 30.

"Jasmine is a smart, innovative and highly-regarded communications strategist with strong relationships throughout the film and media industry," Christina Kounelias, chief marketing officer for the Academy, said in a statement. "Her understanding of our mission and enthusiasm for the Academy is what really sets her apart and makes her such a great fit for this position."

Madatian is working on the campaign for FilmDistrict’s “Safety Not Guaratneed” at the moment and has held publicity and marketing roles at Disney, Paramount and Fox.

She worked on campaigns for movies as wide-ranging as “Up,” “Titanic” and “Speed.”

"I'm excited to join the energetic team at the Academy," Madatian said in a statement. "I look forward to sharing its dynamic year-round story – from the Oscars to its public programs to its incredible educational and preservation efforts."