The trustees made the announcement on Tuesday, a month after Ron Meyer stepped down from the post in the wake of his resignation from NBCUniversal. Sarandos was vice chair of the museum’s board and served as acting chair following Meyer’s resignation.
“Growing up a movie lover, I always wished for a place like the Academy Museum — somewhere I could lose myself in the magic of film,” Sarandos said in a statement. “I am both honored and inspired to serve as Chair, alongside the magnificent Board of Trustees and museum staff, as we work towards our April 2021 opening.”
Meyer resigned after admitting to his bosses at NBCUniversal that he had an affair eight years ago and had paid a settlement to the woman to keep it quiet. The woman was later identified as actress Charlotte Kirk. Meyer also alleged that more recently, he was being coerced by others to pay even more money to keep the affair a secret.
Miky Lee (Mie Kyung Lee) was elected vice chair and Jim Gianopulos was elected treasurer. Kimberly Steward was re-elected to her role as secretary.
The full list of the Academy Museum’s board of trustees includes: Sarandos, Lee, Steward, Gianopulos, Patricia S. Bellinger, Jason Blum, Arnaud Boetsch, Olivier de Givenchy, Laura Dern, David Dolby, Sidonie Seydoux Dumas, Ray Halbritter, Tom Hanks, Dawn Hudson, Ryan Murphy, Isis Mussenden, Katherine Oliver, Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, Dominic Ng, David Rubin, Regina K. Scully, Emma Thomas, Diane von Furstenberg and Kevin Yeaman.
The museum announced last week that its inaugural temporary exhibition will be a retrospective honoring Oscar-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki.
The presentation will be on display at the museum’s Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery, and will debut when the museum opens to the public on April 30, 2021. The temporary exhibition, celebrating the legendary animator’s six-decade career, will be the first North American museum retrospective of his work.
The museum was originally announced in 2012, and suffering several delays and budget problems.