Yang previously served as the largest governor on the Academy’s board, a position designed to campaign for equality and inclusion on the board. These positions, created after a wave of outcry in 2015 over the continued lack of diversity at the Oscars, are appointed by the Academy President. However, Yang was elected for his new position of president in a race against producer DeVon Franklin. Academy CEO Bill Kramer shared a statement about Yang’s election, saying:
“Janet is an incredibly dedicated and strategic leader who has an incredible track record of serving at the Academy. She has been instrumental in launching and advancing a number of Academy initiatives on education. membership recruitment, governance and equity, diversity and inclusion. to serve our members, celebrate the collaborative art and science of film, and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.”
Yang will succeed in casting director David Rubin for the role and become the first governor to fill the position. According to THR, Yang has been called “the godmother of Asian Americans in the industry,” and her work to support the advancement of Asian Americans in Hollywood. was held with a pillar dedicated to her honor at the new Academy Museum this June.
The change in leadership could be a welcome one for the voting body responsible for deciding the outcome of the biggest awards ceremony in the industry. This year’s Oscars ceremony has certainly garnered headlines, but ratings continue to drop, with only 13.73 million viewers watching compared to pre-Covid dramas, which regularly earn more. 20 million viewers.
https://www.slashfilm.com/950329/producer-janet-yang-was-just-elected-president-of-the-academy/ Producer Janet Yang Has Just Been Elected As Academy President