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Academy Chief Cheryl Boone Isaacs Set for Will Rogers Pioneer Award

The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation has selected Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as the recipient of its 2017 Pioneer of the Year honor.

Boone Isaacs will receive the award March 29 at CinemaCon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. She is the first African-American and third woman to hold the office of Academy president and has represented the public relations branch of the Academy as a Governor for 24 years.

Boone Isaacs oversees the Oscar ceremonies and has been leading several Academy initiatives to diversify the membership of the organization. She also runs her own company, CBI Enterprises, where she has created and executed publicity campaigns for “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist.”

Previously, Boone Isaacs was president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema with campaigns for “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Rush Hour” and “Blade.” Prior to her role at New Line Cinema, Boone Isaacs worked at Paramount Pictures for 13 years, eventually becoming the studio’s worldwide director of publicity and leading campaigns for “Forrest Gump” and “Braveheart.”

Boone Isaacs was inducted into the NAACP Hall of Fame in 2014 and was awarded the Rosa Parks Humanitarian award this year by the Southern Christian leadership Conference of Southern California.

“We are delighted that Cheryl has accepted the 2017 Pioneer of the Year Award and will be receiving this well-deserved honor,” said Jim Orr, president of the foundation and exec VP of domestic theatrical distribution at Universal Pictures.

“She is a true Pioneer in our industry, who demonstrates extraordinary leadership and vision not only in her role at the Academy, but also as a committed member of the entertainment community at large. We look forward to celebrating Cheryl’s philanthropic contributions and professional accomplishments at CinemaCon 2017, as well as raising much needed funds for the Pioneers Assistance program.”

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