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Academy picks first black president

The body that hands out the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has chosen its first black president.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who’s been an Academy governor in the Public Relations branch for more than twenty years, succeeds Hawk Koch, who’d served only one year as president, but couldn’t stand again because he’d reached the limit of nine consecutive years on the board.

Boone Isaacs, who’s spend the past year serving as the Academy’s first vice president, is the first woman to head the organisation for three decades.

Her number two, for the next year, will be the animator John Lasseter, who’s previously served as the Academy’s treasurer and secretary.

Boone Isaacs currently heads CBI Enterprises, Inc., where she has consulted on films including The Artist, The King’s Speech, Precious and Spider-Man 2. She’s also been a senior marketing executive at New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures.

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