The Hollywood Reporter has learned that CEO of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences, Dawn Hudson, has departed early on Friday. She was supposed to remain in place until July 18th, but her transition to the new CEO has been moved up.
Hudson had handpicked a deputy CEO, Christine Simmons, who was the Academy’s COO since 2018, but she exited the Academy on Friday as well. The Hollywood Reporter notes that it is unclear if she was fired, or if she decided to leave on her own.
Bill Kramer will now serve as Academy CEO, to which Hudson assures that the organization will be “in the best of hands,” through an email she penned which you can read below:
“Dear Academy Members,
I’m excited that Bill Kramer begins his tenure as Academy CEO starting today. He is a visionary leader who will further unite and elevate our global family of artists and who will be a terrific partner to all of you. I’m fully confident of the Academy’s continued success with Bill leading the way, and I’m thrilled for this next chapter of this extraordinary institution. The Academy is in the best of hands.
How grateful I am to have served as your CEO these past 11+ years and to have shared our collective, deep love of movies. Thank you for your support of me personally and professionally, for your willingness to step up in support of the Academy when called — and you were called a lot! — and for your commitment to moving this organization forward in every regard. This last decade is a testament to how innovative and daring a legacy institution can be: we’ve created a truly global film organization, a world-class museum, an unstinting commitment to representation and inclusion, and a modern Academy ready to lead in a shifting world. Thank you for your time and passion and expertise to help make all of this happen.
I’m on hand to support Bill in any way I can, and I also know he and our newly-elected Board of Governors will chart the best course possible moving forward together. It’s been the privilege of a lifetime to be a part of this glorious endeavor. I leave with love and gratitude and the most profound respect for you all.
With deep affection,
Source: The Hollywood Reporter