Amy Homma Succeeds Jacqueline Stewart At Helm Of Academy Museum
An Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 2015. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
One of several executive promotions in strategic organizational alignment

Jacqueline Stewart is leaving her post leading the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to return to the University of Chicago. Academy Museum veteran Amy Homma will succeed her as director and president, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday.

Stewart, a prominent film scholar and Turner Classic Movies host, has helped steer the Academy Museum through its opening phase, serving as its chief artistic and programming officer from 2020-2022, when she became its leader. During her tenure, she helped make new galleries bilingual and oversaw the opening of many exhibitions, including one on Black Cinema between 1898 and 1971.

Homma has been with the Los Angeles-based museum for five years, most recently as its chief audience officer.

The film academy, the organization behind the Oscars, also announced several more promotions in its executive ranks to unite teams within the Academy, including the foundation, the museum and the Oscars. In May, the film academy launched a $500 million fundraising campaign in the leadup to the 100th Oscars in 2028.

“As the Academy evolves, we are bringing teams together to create a better sense of shared purpose across the organization,” Academy CEO Bill Kramer said in a statement.

The organization also said that longtime academy archivist Randy Haberkamp is retiring after 23 years. Matt Severson, director of the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, will succeed him effective July 1 in a new role in which he will oversee the collections and preservation efforts for all 23 million items in the Academy Collection.

Additionally Jennifer Davidson has been promoted to the newly created role of chief marketing and communications officer, effective June 1. In this expanded role, she will oversee marketing and audience development, communications, digital/social and creative brand strategy for all arms of the Academy, including the Academy Foundation, Academy Museum and the Oscars. Davidson has served as chief communications officer since December 2021. 

And Jenny Galante has been promoted to the newly created role of chief revenue officer, effective June 1. In this role, Galante will drive diversified and global revenue growth for all arms of the Academy, including the Academy Foundation and Academy Museum. She will continue to oversee strategic brand partnerships, including Oscars sponsors and advertisers, and lead efforts for Academy100, the aforementioned $500MM global revenue diversification and outreach campaign. Galante, who joined the Academy staff in 2013, most recently held the position of EVP, revenue and business development and served as SVP, business development.

Lindsey Bahr is an AP film writer. SHOOT editor Robert Goldrich added the news and details of the promotions of Jennifer Davidson and Jenny Galante.

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