BILL KRAMER NAMED CEO
LOS ANGELES -- The Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to name Bill Kramer, current Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, as their new CEO following the departure of Dawn Hudson after 11 years of esteemed service.
As CEO of the Academy of Motion PIcture Arts and Sciences, Kramer will lead the global membership, the Oscars, the institution's education and emerging talent initiatives, the Academy's extensive collections housed in the Margaret Herrick Library, the Academy Film Archive, and the Academy Museum ongoing calendar of exhibitions, screenings, educational and public programs and retail operations.
In his role, as Museum Director, Kramer was responsible for the successful opening of the Academy Museum in September 2021. Since then, the museum has sold more than 550,000 tickets in its first nine months in operation. Also, and under Kramer's direction, the museum successfully developed five floors of world-class exhibitions devoted to the arts and sciences of movie making, and formalized channels between Academy members and the museum for overall content creation.
In addition to that, Kramer and his museum team, developed the Academy's first permanent retail store, both in the museum and online, that has generated sales of more than $5.5MM to date. Under Kramer's leadership. the museum also created the Academy's first global publications imprint that launched with a Hayek Miyazaki catalog, which is currently in its fourth print run, and with a Spike Lee book to be issued this month. As of today, Kramer and the museum's programming presented each month, also includes: Branch Selects, which is a screening series co-created with the Academy's 17 member branches.
During his earlier tenure as Managing director of the Academy Museum, Bill Kramer served as the Chief planning Public Relations, Advancement Exhibitors and Government Relations officer of the museum's pre-construction phase, successfully leading the production of the museum's first exhibition, Hollywood Costume which explored the central role that costume design plays in the cinematic storytelling. The exhibition featured more than 100 iconic movie costumes.
"It is the great honor of my career to take on the role as CEO of the Academy" said Bill Kramer, "I deeply believe in the power and artistry of cinema. I so look forward to galvanizing the unparalleled assets of the Academy--The Oscars, our global community of more than 10,000 Academy members, and our museum, library and archive--to promote and elevate the arts and sciences of the movies and inspire the next generation of filmmakers. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity and for the incredible work of colleagues Brendan Connell, Jr. and Jacqueline Stewart who will continue the exceptional work of the Academy Museum."
"Bill Kramer has been a transformational leader in establishing the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures as a beacon for movie lovers and a manifestation of everything the Academy represents and celebrates. His vision for the Academy's future is likewise bold and inspiring, and our governors have agreed he is the ideal choice to lead at this pivotal moment for the organization. We believe Bill has the ability to bring together all corners of the motion picture community and we're thrilled to have him in the role to elevate the organization and unite our global membership" said Academy President David Rubin. "I cannot stress enough the deep respect and appreciation we have for the ground breaking achievements Dawn Hudson has brought to the Academy during her eleven years as CEO. She initiated unprecedented efforts to create more space for diverse voices, both within the membership and our industry. She has tireless in shepherding our long-awaited museum to its opening and has fortified the Academy's financial stability, allowing us to develop programs and provide mentoring for those in front of and behind the camera. Our gratitude for her accomplishments and guidance is beyond measure."
"What a privilege it's been to work with an exceptionally talented staff and dedicated Board members o create a truly global institution, a world-class museum that honors his art form so beautifully, and abiding commitment to representation and inclusion, and a modern organization ready to lead in a changing world," said Hudson. "I've worked with Bill for close to a decade, and no executive is more innovative, more connected to artists, or more passionate about the opportunities that lie ahead than he is. The Academy and the Academy Museum are in the best of hands."
Prior to returning to the Academy Museum in 2019 Kramer served as Vice-President of development at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) one of America's most intuitionally and programmatically diverse arts institutions where he led a 45 person team tasked with raising significant private and government funding, overseeing a visual art expansion program and plat forming a BAM's growing film. Program to an international audience.
Kramer had also led capital and comprehensive campaigns for the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-arc) and the California Institute of the Arts (Cal-Arts). He had also served in senior business and fund raising positions at the Sundance Institute, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Columbia University School of the Arts.
Bill Kramer will assume his new role on July 18. Hudson will remain with the Academy as an advisor during the transition period. The appointment of the new Director of the Academy Museum is currently being addressed by the Museum Board of Trustees and the Academy Foundation Board and will be announced in the future.