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Academy Votes to Renew CEO Dawn Hudson’s Contract

Hudson’s contract, which was due to expire in June, was extended through 2020


The Academy’s Board of Governors has voted to renew the contract of CEO Dawn Hudson through 2010.

Hudson’s contract was due to expire on June 1, but the board made the move to retain her for another three years at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 28.

Hudson was hired in 2011 after the retirement of longtime executive director Bruce Davis. Initially, she worked alongside veteran AMPAS executive administrator Ric Robertson, who was made COO.

Robertson stepped down in 2013, and Hudson has been at the helm of the organization ever since.

Her contract was initially up for renewal in 2014, and an extension was narrowly approved by the Board of Governors at that point. Since then, she has dealt with the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and with a huge influx of new members.

Prior to coming to the Academy, Hudson was the executive director of Film Independent.

The following email was sent to Academy members on Monday:

Dear Members,

As you may know, on Tuesday, March 28, the Board of Governors met for a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss topics ranging from the Oscars to the Academy Museum. Additionally, at this meeting, we’re pleased to report that the Board voted to renew CEO Dawn Hudson’s contract through June 2020. Hudson has been CEO of the Academy since 2011.

“We are confident in Dawn’s leadership of the Academy, and fully support her as she leads a strong and dedicated team of more than 350 into our ninth decade,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

We’re excited that Dawn will continue the Academy’s goals of globalization and inclusion, guide us towards the successful opening of an unprecedented movie museum, and lead us toward next year’s 90th Oscars.

Academy Board of Governors