Jason Blum and Marlee Matlin Join Film Academy Board of Trustees


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 54-person board welcomes new faces, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The Board of Directors, which consists of three governors elected from each of the organization’s 17 branches as well as three “governors-at-large” appointed by the president, elected 12 new governors following elections held during the last month.

Among the new office holders are the head of Blumhouse and get out producer Jason Blumrepresenting the branch of producers, and oscar winner Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God, CODA) who will defend the branch of actors. Juno and In the air filmmaker Jason Reitman will represent the directors branch; IMAX President Megan Colligan will serve as the marketing/public relations arm. Other new additions include Netflix Director of Research, Creative Algorithms and Technology Paul Debevec (Visual Effects Branch), Disney Animation’s Marlon West (Animated Shorts/Features), Sound Mixer Oscar nominees Peter Devlin (sound), Nancy Richardson (film editors), Dion Beebe (cinematographers), Richard Hicks (casting directors) and Missy Parker (production design).


Four incumbents were re-elected alongside rookie governors, including Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter (costume designers), Forrest Gump screenwriter Eric Roth (writers), 91st Academy Awards television producer Donna Gigliotti (executives) and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe makeup artist Howard Berger (makeup artists/hairstylists).

Music Branch Governor Charles Fox also returned to the board after previously being forced to step down, having served the maximum number of consecutive terms.

No incumbent governor who has sought re-election has lost.

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Blum, Matlin and incumbents join 37 sitting governors

In addition to newly elected and returning incumbents, 37 governors were not in contention for this cycle and will remain in their positions on the board. Returning governors include Whoopi Goldberg and Rita Wilson for the acting branch, Pam Abdy and David Linde serving the executive branch, and Paul Cameron and Mandy Walker representing the cinematographers.

Other sitting Governors include Kate Amend (Documentary), Bonnie Arnold (Animated Shorts/Features), Lesley Barber (Music), Charles Bernstein (Music), Susanne Bier (Directing), Jon Bloom (Shorts/Features animated features), Gary C Bourgeois (sound), Rob Bredow (visual effects), Brooke Breton (visual effects), Eduardo Castro (costumes), Bill Corso (makeup artists/hairstylists), Teri E. Dorman (sound), Tom Duffield (production design), Ava DuVernay (directors), Linda Flowers (makeup artists/hairstylists), Lynette Howell Taylor (producers), Larry Karaszewski (screenwriters), Laura C. Kim (marketing/public relations), Christina Kounelias (marketing/relations audiences), Isis Mussenden (costumers), Stephen Rivkin (editors), Howard A. Rodman (screenwriters), Terilyn A. Shropshire (editors), Kim-Taylor Coleman (casting directors), Wynn P. Thomas (production design), Jennifer Todd (producers), Jean Tsien (documentary) and Debra Zane (director casting rs).

Rodrigo García, Janet Yang and DeVon Franklin complete the board of directors as governors general.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 13 governors have been declared absent or have chosen not to seek re-election. Among those not returning are board chairman David Rubin (casting directors), Laura Dern (actors), Steven Spielberg (directors), Roger Ross Williams (documentary), Nancy Utley (marketing/PR), Laura Karpman (Music), Mark Johnson (Producers), Jan Pascale (Production Design), Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Animated Shorts/Features), Kevin Collier (Sound), Craig Barron (Visual Effects), Ellen Kuras (cinematographers) and Dody Dorn (editors).

According to the Academy, the reconstituted council will be made up of 54% women and 28% non-whites.


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