Janet Yang is the fourth woman elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Yang is the fourth woman and second person of color to hold the position. The first woman to serve as president was a screen legend Bette Davis, although she only served two months in 1941 before resigning. Other women to serve as president are Fay Kanin (1979-83) and Cheryl Boone Isaacs (2013-17), who is also the only person of color to hold the position.
Yang is beginning her second term as Governor General, a position for which she was appointed by her predecessor as President of the Academy, david rubinand elected by the Board of Directors.
Yang, a member of the producer branch since 2002, began his career in China in distribution. His film and television production credits include The Joy Luck Club, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Shanghai Calling, High Crimes, Dark Matter, Zero Effect, and Above the Moon. The latter received a 2020 Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature (although Yang was not among the nominees). Yang won an Emmy in 1995 for the HBO film, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, which was voted Outstanding Made for TV Movie. She shared the prize with Abby Mann, Diana Pokorny and Pierre Olivier.
Yang most recently served on the Board of Directors as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Membership Committee and, prior to that, the Membership and Governance Committee. She is also co-chair of the Academy’s Asian Affinity Group.
“Janet is an extremely dedicated and strategic leader who has an incredible record of service to the Academy,” said the Academy’s CEO. Bill Kramer said in a statement. “She has been instrumental in initiating and elevating several Academy initiatives on membership recruitment, governance, equity, diversity and inclusion. I am thrilled to have her take on the role. esteemed President of the Academy and look forward to working closely with her on our shared vision to serve our members, celebrate the collaborative arts and sciences of filmmaking, and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.
These officers were also elected:
- Teri E. DormanVice President (Chair, Membership Committee)
- Donna GigliottiVice President/Secretary (Chair, Governance Committee)
- Lynette Howell-TaylorVice President (Chair, Awards Committee)
- Larry Karaszewskivice-president (chair, history and preservation committee)
- David LindeVice President/Treasurer (Chair, Finance Committee)
- Isis Mussendenvice-president (chairman, museum committee)
- Kim TaylorColemanVice-Chair (Chair, Equity and Inclusion Committee)
- Wynn P.ThomasVice President (Chair, Education and Outreach Committee)
Gigliotti, Karaszewski, Linde, Mussenden and Thomas were re-elected as officers. This will be the first officer stint for Dorman, Howell Taylor and Taylor-Coleman.
Here is a complete list of the Academy’s 2022-23 Board of Governors:
Branch of actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Marlee Matlin, Rita Wilson
Casting Director Branch: Richard Hicks, Kim Taylor-Coleman, Debra Zane
Direction of photography: Dion Beebe, Paul Cameron, Mandy Walker
Direction of costumers: Ruth E. Carter, Eduardo Castro, Isis Mussenden
Branch of administrators: Susanne Bier, Ava Du Vernay, Jason Reitman
Documentary Direction: Kate Amend, Chris Hegedus, Jean Tsien
Branch of executives: Pam Abdy, Donna Gigliotti, David Linde
Direction of Film Editors: Nancy Richardson, Stephen Rivkin, Terilyn A. Shropshire
Management of make-up artists and hairdressers: Howard Berger, Bill Corso, Linda Flowers
Marketing and Public Relations Department: Megan Colligan, Laura C. Kim, Christina Kounelias
Music Branch: Lesley Barber, Charles Bernstein, Charles Fox
Producer management: Jason Blum, Lynette Howell Taylor, Jennifer Todd
Production design direction: Tom Duffield, Missy Parker, Wynn P. Thomas
Direction of short films and animated feature films: Bonnie Arnold, Jon Bloom, Marlon West
Sound branch: Gary C. Bourgeois, Peter Devlin, Teri E. Dorman
Visual Effects Director: Rob Bredow, Brooke Breton, Paul Debevec
Writers Branch: Larry Karaszewski, Howard A. Rodman, Eric Roth
Governors in general: DeVon Franklin, Rodrigo Garcia, Janet Yang