Cheryl Boone Isaacs

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Boone Isaacs in 2015 at the announcement of nominees for the 87th Academy Awards

Cheryl Boone Isaacs (born 1949) is an American film marketing executive. She has represented the Public Relations Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), known for its annual Academy Awards (Oscars), on the AMPAS Board of Governors for 21 years as of 2013.[1] On July 30, 2013 she was elected as the 35th president of AMPAS; she is the first African American to hold this office, and the third woman (after Bette Davis and Fay Kanin).[2]

Life and career[edit]

The youngest of four children,[3] she was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, attending Classical High School there.[4] After graduating from Whittier College in 1971 with a degree in political science, she worked as a flight attendant for Pan Am Airways. After following her brother Ashley Boone to Hollywood, she became the worldwide publicity director for Paramount Pictures in 1984.[3]

As Paramount's executive vice president of worldwide publicity, she orchestrated the marketing campaigns for Best Picture winners Forrest Gump and Braveheart; she later served as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema.[1] She currently heads CBI Enterprises, Inc.; in that role she has consulted on several films, including Best Picture winners The King's Speech and The Artist.[1]

In 2014, Isaacs was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame. [5]


  1. ^ a b c "Cheryl Boone Isaacs Elected Academy President". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. July 30, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  2. ^ "Cheryl Boone Isaacs elected first African-American head of Oscars". 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  3. ^ a b "New Academy President Pushes For More Diverse Voting Members". February 27, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  4. ^ "Springfield's Cheryl Boone Isaacs elected president of Academy Awards board". Masslive. July 31, 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  5. ^ "Paris Barclay, Cheryl Boone Isaacs to Be Inducted into NAACP Hall of Fame". January 30, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 

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Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Hawk Koch
President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Succeeded by