Dawn Hudson to step down as CEO of Motion Picture Academy in 2023
Dawn Hudson, Executive Director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced that after a successful and transformational tenure, this current term will be her last in this role. His tenure as CEO is expected to end in May 2023.
“After more than ten years and the incredibly successful opening of our new museum, I decided, at the end of this term, that it would be time for me to explore other opportunities and adventures as it can hardly be overcome, “said Hudson. “We’ve accomplished so much together that it’s been most important to me: our continued commitment to representation and inclusion; adapt the Academy into a digitally sophisticated global institution; and the creation of the world’s first cinema museum that will be the destination of moviegoers for decades. The Board of Governors and I mutually commit to ensuring a smooth transition to new leadership. I am excited about what the future holds, both for the Academy and for me.
“Dawn has been and continues to be a revolutionary leader for the Academy. Advances in the diversity and gender parity of our members, our increased international presence and the successful opening of a world-class Academy museum – a project she has revived, guided and championed – are already part of of his heritage. I know the Board of Governors joins me as we look forward to working with Dawn in the many months to come as we develop a succession plan, ”said Academy President David Rubin.
Hudson joined the Academy as CEO in 2011. In her role, she oversees the Academy’s 450 people in Los Angeles, New York and London; operations and outreach, including rewards, membership, marketing, communications, finance and technology; the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and the Academy Foundation. The Foundation includes educational initiatives, scholarships and grants, the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive.
With Hudson taking the lead in building and overseeing its financial assets, including the Oscars®, the Academy has become more accessible to its members and to people around the world. The institution made technological advancements and modernization of its infrastructure, which enabled greater global reach, communications and events with members, online voting and streaming to the screening room of the Academy, and a significantly expanded social media presence.
Under his leadership, Hudson led significant diversity, inclusion and representation initiatives among Academy membership, governance and staff. As a result, the Academy has more than doubled the number of women and under-represented ethnic / racial communities within its membership through the A2020 initiative, bringing together the most diverse class in the organization’s history to that time. Hudson also oversaw the creation of Aperture 2025, setting inclusion standards for Oscar eligibility, to continue the Academy’s efforts to advance representation in the entertainment industry.
Hudson has been integral in the development of the Academy Museum, which opened to the public in September and is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts and sciences of film.
A search for Hudson’s successor will soon be underway, and she will play a key role in the transition.