Laura Dern and 6 Others Added as Academy Museum Trustees

Newly elected Academy president David Rubin, David Dolby, Mark Johnson and Sidonie Seydoux Dumas join board led by Ron Meyer

Laura Dern, David Dolby, Sidonie Seydoux Dumas, Mark Johnson, Miky Lee, Katherine Oliver and David Rubin have been added to the Board of Trustees at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Academy announced Wednesday.

The seven new trustees join the existing board members led by chair Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBC Universal. The group oversees the museum’s strategic vision, maintains its financial health and more.

“It is an honor to welcome this remarkable group of leaders, who contribute so much to their own industries, to the Board of Trustees. Their expertise and commitment will help our board effectively steer the museum toward its 2020 opening,” Meyer said in a statement.

Bill Kramer, who will be joining the Academy Museum as its new director at the start of next year, said in a statement, “I couldn’t be more excited to join the Museum at this moment of tremendous progress–the buildings are close to completion, our exhibitions program is moving forward beautifully, and we have recently announced important new additions to our collection. The Museum is thrilled to welcome this esteemed group of global film and business leaders, who will help us drive this momentum forward.”

The new trustees join existing board members Ron Meyer, chair; Ted Sarandos, vice chair; Kimberly Steward, secretary; Jason Blum, treasurer, as well as Jim Gianopulos, Tom Hanks, Dawn Hudson, Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, Dominic Ng, Emma Thomas, Diane von Furstenberg, and Kevin Yeaman.

The Academy Museum, which was first announced in 2012 and is being constructed along the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, was originally budgeted at $250 million and set for a 2017 opening. But the project has suffered cost overruns and opening delays, with the unveiling now set for an unspecified date next year.

Last December, the Academy announced that the museum’s inaugural special exhibits would include a retrospective on the career of anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and a look at the history of African-American filmmakers from the early 20th century through the Civil Rights era.

Dern will next be seen in “Marriage Story” and “Little Women” later this year. In 2016, Dern was selected to serve on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors.

Dolby operates Dolby Family Ventures, a San Francisco family office focused on investments in technology, neuroscience, media, and real estate. He serves on the board of directors of Dolby Laboratories, Cogstate Limited, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and Tipping Point Community.

Seydoux Dumas is vice chairwoman and CEO of Gaumont, taking over for her father in 2004. The company is currently developing the English-language remake of the zombie thriller “Train to Busan.”

Johnson is the producer of films such as “Logan Lucky,” “Downsizing” and “Donnie Brasco.” He currently serves as treasurer of the Academy.

Lee (Mie Kyung Lee) is the vice chairwoman of CJ Group, one of the founding investors in DreamWorks SKG. She is mainly responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of CJ Group’s entertainment and media division.

Oliver is a media and entertainment executive based in New York and is currently a principal at Bloomberg Associates, an international philanthropic consultancy firm founded by former Michael R. Bloomberg. Prior to joining Bloomberg Associates, she served as commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment from 2002-2013.

Rubin is a casting director who was elected in Aug. 2019 as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He received the honorary Career Achievement Award from the Casting Society of America in 2002 and won Emmys for HBO’s “Game Change” in 2012 and “Big Little Lies” in 2017.

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