Janet Yang has been elected as the 36th Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences president. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Yang is the fourth female and second person of color to become president of The Academy, succeeding Dave Rubin, who has been president since 2019.
In a statement, the CEO of the Academy, Bill Kramer, said, “Janet is a tremendously dedicated and strategic leader who has an incredible record of service at the Academy. She has been instrumental in launching and elevating several Academy initiatives on membership recruitment, governance, equity, diversity and inclusion. I am thrilled that she is taking on the esteemed role of Academy president and look forward to working closely with her on our shared vision to serve our membership, celebrate the collaborative arts and sciences of motion pictures and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.”
Best known for having produced films like The Joy Luck Club, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Dark Matter, The Weight of the Water, and, most recently, Over the Moon, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2021 for Best Animated Feature, Yang is expected to continue working at her production company, Janet Yang Productions, while serving her term as president.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter