Oscars Publicist Leslie Unger Resigns

Spokesperson had been with the Academy for 19 years

Last Updated: November 16, 2011 @ 6:12 PM

Leslie Unger, the communications director for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has resigned, the Academy confirmed to TheWrap. Her last day will be Dec. 2.

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The news was first announced in an email that Academy CEO Dawn Hudson sent to AMPAS staffers on Wednesday afternoon. It read, in part, "I wanted to let everyone know that Leslie Unger has decided to resign her position as Director of Communications, effective December 2.  Leslie has been with the Academy for 19 years, a wonderfully dedicated executive who has made many positive and lasting contributions to the organization.  We are all grateful for her leadership over these many years.  Please join me in wishing her the very best as she takes some well-deserved time off before moving on to the next chapter of her career."

Unger joined the Academy in 1992, and assumed her current position after the retirement of her predecessor, John Pavlik, in 2007.

Unger has had her hands full in the last couple of weeks, with the abrupt departures of Oscars producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy, and the selections of Brian Grazer to replace Ratner and Billy Crystal to host.

Her resignation is another sign of the way in which AMPAS is transforming under new CEO Hudson, who joined the Academy in June. Shortly after Hudson's arrival, the Academy hired Christina Kounelias in the newly-created position of chief marketing officer. Since then, Unger had been reporting to Kounelias.

When contacted by TheWrap, Unger declined to comment.