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Academy Museum Announces Seven New Trustees
- Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced the addition of seven new trustees, including Laura Dern, David Dolby, Sidonie Seydoux Dumas, Mark Johnson, Miky Lee, Katherine Oliver, and David Rubin. The governing body of the Academy Museum, the Board of Trustees oversees the organization’s strategic vision, maintains its financial health, and ensures the institution fulfills its mission to create the best possible motion picture museum for film lovers across the world.
Ron Meyer, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Academy Museum and Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal said, “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.”
Bill Kramer, who will be joining the Academy Museum as Director on January 1, 2020, said, “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; Jim Gianopulos; Tom Hanks; Dawn Hudson; Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, Dominic Ng, Emma Thomas, Diane von Furstenberg, and Kevin Yeaman.
About the New Board of Trustees
- Laura Dern has touched audiences and critics alike with her moving and heartfelt performances. In addition to her two Oscar® nominations for Rambling Rose and Wild, Dern has garnered four Golden Globe Award®- wins, with seven nominations in total, as well as a Primetime Emmy Award®-win and seven nominations in total. In 2019, Dern was seen in the second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies; as well as Justin Kelly’s JT Leroy and Ed Zwick’s Trial by Fire. Dern can be seen in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story for Netflix in November 2019, as well as Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, out in December 2019. In addition to her extensive film and television credits, Dern has been prolific in her producing career. In 2017 she established Jaywalker Pictures, a Los Angeles-based production company founded with partner Jayme Lemons. In 2016, Dern was selected to serve on The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors.
- David Dolby operates Dolby Family Ventures, a San Francisco family office focused on investments in technology, neuroscience, media, and real estate. He advises a number of companies and organizations on product development and strategy, and serves on the board of directors of Dolby Laboratories, Cogstate Limited, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and Tipping Point Community. David and his wife Natasha have invested in over 40 films focused on social change and documentary storytelling. The family’s philanthropic foundation has also supported independent films and filmmakers to preserve and advance the cinematic experience. David loves the technology aspects of filmmaking and film exhibition, and supports cinema innovation at Dolby Laboratories. David is also focused on preserving and communicating Ray Dolby’s legacy as an inventor, business leader, civic leader, and philanthropist.
- Sidonie Seydoux Dumas is Vice Chairwoman and CEO of Gaumont. Succeeding her father at the helm of the world’s oldest film studio in 2004, she has expanded its footprint in the U.S. with the launch of a thriving Los Angeles-based TV outfit. The U.S. TV banner has produced such hit dramas as Narcos and Hannibal. In France, Gaumont has delivered several box office hits, particularly The Intouchables, which grossed more than $426 million worldwide and was nominated for a Golden Globe. Recent successes include Guillaume Galliene’s Me, Myself and Mom, which won five Cesar awards, and Franck Dubosc’s Rolling to You, one of France’s highest-grossing local films in 2018. The company is now developing English-language projects, including the U.S. remake of zombie thriller Train to Busan.
- Mark Johnson is an American film and television producer. He has produced such films as Donnie Brasco, The Notebook, Galaxy Quest, Logan Lucky, and Downsizing. In 1992, he was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar® for Bugsy, and in 1988, received a Best Picture Oscar for Rain Man. Johnson was also an executive producer on AMC’s Emmy Award-winning series Breaking Bad. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- Miky Lee (Mie Kyung Lee) is the vice chairwoman of CJ Group. She is mainly responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of CJ Group’s entertainment and media division. Alongside her brother, the chairman of CJ Corporation Mr. Jay Lee, she founded the entertainment and media division of CJ in 1994 after leading CJ to become one of the founding investors in DreamWorks SKG. Since then, CJ has built many influential companies in Korea’s entertainment and media industry—CJ CGV, CJ Media, and Mnet Media. Each marks the title as the leader in their specialized industry. Prior to joining CJ, Lee served as the director of Samsung America, spearheading its cultural and educational projects. She established the Parsons School of Design in Seoul and oversaw the formation of a branch of Pasadena’s Arts Center College of Design for Samsung.
- Katherine Oliver is a media and entertainment executive based in New York City. Oliver is currently a Principal at Bloomberg Associates, an international philanthropic consultancy firm founded by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. In her position overseeing the media and digital strategies portfolio, Katherine helps cities harness the power of media and technology to improve government services and advises them how to attract and promote businesses to support economic growth in these sectors. Oliver also oversees Bloomberg Philanthropies’ film, TV, and digital projects and served as an Executive Producer on From the Ashes and Paris to Pittsburgh, two documentary films tackling climate change and action released in partnership with National Geographic. Prior to joining Bloomberg Associates, she served as Commissioner of NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment from 2002–2013 building NYC into an $8 billion production capital, increasing local employment levels by 50% and implementing the Made in NY marketing and branding program.
- David Rubin is a casting director, elected in August 2019 as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With more than 100 film and television credits, he has cast such features as The English Patient, Men in Black, Hairspray, Lars and the Real Girl, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Get Shorty, My Best Friend’s Wedding, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, and Fried Green Tomatoes. 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.
About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
The Academy Museum will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies. Located on Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles, the Museum will be simultaneously immersive, experimental, educational, and entertaining. More than a museum, this dynamic film center will offer unparalleled experiences and insights into movies and moviemaking. Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano, the Museum is restoring and revitalizing the historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. The Saban Building will feature six floors, including exhibition spaces, the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater, an education studio, special event spaces, conservation areas, a café, and store. The new spherical addition will connect to the Saban Building via glass bridges and will feature the state-of-the-art 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the rooftop Dolby Family Terrace with sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills.
The Academy is currently raising $388 million to support the building, exhibitions, and programs of the Academy Museum. The Campaign for the Academy Museum is headed by chair Bob Iger and co-chairs Annette Bening and Tom Hanks. These industry leaders join other generous philanthropists who have named spaces, including Cheryl and Haim Saban (The Saban Building), The David Geffen Foundation (The David Geffen Theater), Dalian Wanda Group (The Wanda Gallery), Rolex (Rolex Gallery), Dolby Laboratories/Family of Ray Dolby (The Dolby Family Terrace), The Walt Disney Company (The Walt Disney Company Piazza), Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg (The Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery), Steven Spielberg (The Spielberg Family Gallery), Shirley Temple Black and Family (Shirley Temple Education Studio), Cecilia DeMille Presley (Founders Room), Gale Anne Hurd (Hurd Gallery), NBCUniversal, Netflix (Netflix Terrace), Participant Media, Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman (Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman Mezzanine), The Simms/Mann Family Foundation (Ted Mann Theater), Jeff Skoll, Wendy Stark for the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, Warner Bros. Entertainment (The Warner Bros. Entertainment Gallery), Wasserman Foundation (Wasserman Bridge), and Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events LLC/Compass Group USA, Inc. The Academy Museum’s Digital Engagement Platform is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.