Bill Kramer named CEO of the Motion Picture Academy

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted today to appoint Bill Kramer, current director and president of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, as its new CEO, following the departure of Dawn Hudson after 11 years of estimated service.

Kramer will lead global membership, the Academy Awards, the institution’s education and emerging talent initiatives, the Academy’s extensive collections housed in the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy’s film archives, as well as the Accademia Museum and its rolling calendar of exhibitions, screenings, educational and public programs. , and retail operations.

In his current role, Kramer was responsible for the successful opening of the Academy Museum in September 2021. The museum sold over 550,000 tickets in its first nine months of operation. Under Kramer’s leadership, the museum has successfully developed five floors of world-class exhibits dedicated to the arts and sciences of cinema and has formalized channels between Academy members and the museum for global content creation.

Additionally, Kramer and his museum team developed the Academy’s first permanent retail store, both in-museum and online, generating sales of over $5.5 million to date. Under Kramer’s leadership, the museum created the Academy’s first global imprint of publications which was launched with a Hayao Miyazaki catalog, now in its fourth printing, and with a Spike Lee book due out this month. this. Kramer and the museum’s programming team developed the Academy’s first robust public screening series with more than 40 programs presented each month, including Branch Selects, a screening series co-created with the 17 member branches of the Academy. ‘Academy.

To ensure the museum’s financial health, Kramer oversaw the completion of the $388 million capital campaign that launched the museum project and established an ongoing $40 million annual operating revenue program that includes an annual gala, ticket sales, museum membership, etc.

“Bill Kramer was a transformational leader in creating the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures as a beacon for moviegoers and a manifestation of all that the Academy stands for and celebrates. His vision for the future of the Academy is also bold and inspiring, and our governors agreed he was the perfect choice to lead at this pivotal time for the organization. We believe Bill has the ability to bring together all corners of the film community, and we are delighted to having him in this role to elevate the organization and unite our global members,” said Academy President David Rubin. “I can’t overstate the deep respect and appreciation we have for the accomplishments breakthroughs that Dawn Hudson has brought to the Academy in her eleven years as CEO. She has launched unprecedented efforts to create more space for diverse voices, both within members and within our industry. She tirelessly led our long-awaited museum through to its opening and strengthened the financial stability of the Academy, enabling us to develop programs and provide mentorship to those in front of and behind the camera. Our gratitude for his accomplishments and guidance is immeasurable.

Hudson said, “What a privilege it has been to work with an exceptionally talented staff and dedicated board members to create a truly global institution, a world-class museum that honors this art form so beautifully, a commitment commitment to representation and inclusion, and a modern organization ready to lead in a changing world. I’ve worked with Bill for nearly a decade, and no leader is more innovative, more connected to artists, or more passionate about the opportunities before us than him. The Academy and the Academy Museum are in good hands.

Academy Museum Board Chairman and Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos said, “The Academy Museum Board is thrilled to have Bill continue his work with us as CEO of the Academy and as Administrator of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. The museum’s opening was a resounding success, and I look forward to working with Bill to help further amplify the museum’s strong programs and create a unifying and strategic vision for the future.

“It is the greatest honor of my career to take on the role of CEO of the Academy,” said Bill Kramer. “I deeply believe in the power and the art of cinema. I so look forward to galvanizing the Academy’s unrivaled assets – the Oscars, our global community of more than 10,000 Academy members, and our museum, library and archives – to promote and elevate the arts and film science and inspire the next generation of filmmakers. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity and for the incredible work of my colleagues Brendan Connell, Jr. and Jacqueline Stewart, who will continue the outstanding work of the Academy Museum.

During his previous tenure as Executive Director of the Academy Museum, Kramer served as Senior Director of Planning, Public Relations, Advancement, Exhibits and Government Relations for the pre- construction of the museum, successfully leading the project’s fundraising campaign and managing public approvals for the project. treat. Kramer also oversaw the production of the museum’s first exhibit, Hollywood Costume, which explored the central role costume design plays in cinematic storytelling and featured more than 100 iconic film costumes.

Before returning to the Academy Museum in 2019, Kramer served as vice president of development at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), one of America’s most institutionally and programmatically diverse arts institutions, where he directed a team of 45 people responsible for raising significant private funds. and government funding, overseeing a visual arts expansion program and platform for BAM’s growing film program with international audiences.

Kramer has led fundraising and comprehensive campaigns for the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and has held executive positions in business and fundraising at Sundance Institute, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Columbia University School of the Arts.

Kramer will assume his new role on July 18. Hudson will remain at the Academy as an advisor during the transition period. The appointment of a new Director of the Academy Museum is currently being discussed by the Museum’s Board of Trustees and the Academy’s Foundation Board and will be announced in the near future.

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