The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promoted Jeanell English to Executive Vice President, Impact and Inclusion, Academy CEO Bill Kramer announced today. English will report directly to Kramer. In this newly created position, English
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promoted Jeanell English to Executive Vice President, Impact and Inclusion, Academy CEO Bill Kramer announced today. English will report directly to Kramer.
In this newly created position, English will lead Academy initiatives designed to address underrepresentation in the industry and to discover, empower and advance the work of emerging and diverse film artists. As part of this portfolio, English will oversee the Academy’s talent development programs, known as Academy Gold. These programs include the Gold Rising Internship and Mentorship Program, Gold Fellowship for Women, Student Academy Awards, Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and the Gold Alumni Program.
Additionally, English will continue to oversee the Academy’s sustainability, representation, inclusion and accessibility efforts. This includes implementing representation and inclusion standards, internal initiatives such as supplier diversity and employee resource groups, and ongoing carbon footprint assessments to inform business practices.
“Over the past two years, Jeanell has been an invaluable part of our growing Academy team,” noted Kramer. “His commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion has driven progress across all departments of the Academy, as have his contributions to creating a more sustainable and accessible institution. The Academy is deeply dedicated to elevating emerging and underrepresented voices in the film industry, and in this new role, Jeanell will also bring her expertise and vision to this important work.
English joined the Academy staff in 2020 and most recently served as Vice President, Impact and Operations. Prior to joining the Academy, English worked for over a decade in the areas of global diversity and inclusion strategy, employee engagement, corporate social responsibility, cross-cultural training and talent management. She was most recently a director at Discovery, Inc. (now Warner Bros. Discovery).
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of filmmaking, including public programming, outreach educational and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.