Dawn Hudson (born January 4, 1956) is an American film industry executive.

Dawn Hudson
Born (1956-01-04) January 4, 1956 (age 67)[1]
Alma materHarvard University
  • Film Executive
Known forCEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2011-2022)

Her previous roles include chief executive officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and executive director of Film Independent.

Early lifeEdit

Dawn Hudson was born in 1956 in Hot Springs, Arkansas[2]. She is a graduate of Harvard University. She attended graduate school at the Washington University in St. Louis and the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble, France.[3] She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2011-2022)Edit

Dawn Hudson was the first person to ever hold the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[4] As CEO, Dawn Hudson oversaw the Academy’s 450-person staff in Los Angeles, New York, and London, as well as operations, awards (including the Oscars), membership[5], marketing, communications, finance, technology, and the Academy Foundation. The Foundation includes educational initiatives, fellowships and grants, the Margaret Herrick Library[6] and the Academy Film Archive[7].[8]

From the beginning of her tenure in 2011, Hudson led the development and creation of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, a 300,000 square-foot museum designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano[9]. The Academy Museum features 50,000 square feet of exhibition space and two state-of-the-art theaters (the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater).[10] The museum opened to the public in September 2021 and is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts and sciences of moviemaking.[11] Hudson was a member of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Board of Trustees.[12]

With Hudson at the helm building and overseeing its financial assets, the Academy’s assets more than tripled from $258 million to $894 million.[2] In addition to the Oscars, the Academy became more accessible to its members and people around the world through the modernization of its infrastructure and online outreach. Hudson prioritized developments in technology and the modernization of its infrastructure which enabled greater global outreach, increased member communications and events, online voting, and streaming on the Academy’s proprietary streaming service, the Academy Screening Room, as well as an exponentially expanded social media presence.[13]

Since the beginning of her tenure at the Academy, Hudson drove significant representation, inclusion, and equity initiatives across Academy membership, governance, and staff. As a result, the Academy grew into an increasingly diverse, global community of artists and filmmakers. Under Hudson, the Academy overreached its initial goals for increasing representation in membership by 2020.[5] Following this success, the Academy launched Aperture 2025, establishing inclusion standards for Oscars® eligibility to further the Academy’s efforts to advance representation in the entertainment industry.[14] Variety honored Hudson for these efforts in its Women’s Impact Report.[15] She was named to The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Power 100 in 2015.[16] In 2020, she was listed on The Wrap's inaugural ChangeMakers List: Women Who Saved Entertainment.[17]

At the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, Hudson was inducted as Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, awarded by the Minister of Culture of the French Republic to those who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the arts in France and around the world.[18]

She was succeeded by current chief executive officer Bill Kramer in June 2022.[19]

Film Independent (1991-2011)Edit

Hudson served as the Executive Director of Film Independent for twenty years, which she helped to build from a small non-profit to a widely respected viable arts institution. Under her leadership, Film Independent developed a sustaining program of workshops for independent filmmakers from all backgrounds.[20] She also helped expand the organization's membership, produced the Spirit Awards[21], and the Los Angeles Film Festival.[22]

Early in her career, Hudson served as the editor-in-chief of St. Louis magazine[4], acted in several film and television roles[23], and was a freelance writer.


  1. ^ https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2021/dec/19/dawn-ann-hudson/
  2. ^ a b "Did departing academy chief Dawn Hudson ruin the Oscars — or save them?". Los Angeles Times. 2022-07-20. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  3. ^ "HIGH PROFILE: Dawn Ann Hudson CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". Arkansas Online. 2021-12-19. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  4. ^ a b Cieply, Michael (2011-10-30). "For the Academy's New Chief, a Balancing Act". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  5. ^ a b Rottenberg, Josh (June 30, 2020). "Film Academy reaches 2020 diversity goals established after #OscarsSoWhite". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  6. ^ "Margaret Herrick Library | Oscars.org | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". www.oscars.org. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  7. ^ "Academy Film Archive | Oscars.org | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". www.oscars.org. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  8. ^ "Dawn Hudson: Changing Hollywood's Old Boy Network". www.eastwestbank.com. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  9. ^ "Hollywood finally has its movie museum. Inside the dramatic journey and what's at risk". Los Angeles Times. 2021-09-12. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  10. ^ "Academy Museum". www.academymuseum.org. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  11. ^ Davis, Clayton (2021-09-21). "The Academy Museum Hailed as 'Instant Landmark' on Opening Day by President Bill Kramer". Variety. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  12. ^ "Academy Museum Names New Board of Trustees | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  13. ^ Hammond, Pete (2021-10-18). "Dawn Hudson To Exit Motion Picture Academy CEO Post At End Of Current Term". Deadline. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  14. ^ "ACADEMY ESTABLISHES REPRESENTATION AND INCLUSION STANDARDS FOR OSCARS® ELIGIBILITY | Oscars.org | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". www.oscars.org. 2020-09-08. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  15. ^ Tangcay, Andrew Barker,Randee Dawn,Shalini Dore,Karen Idelson,Selome Hailu,Paula K. Hendrickson,Zoe Hewitt,Carole Horst,Brooke Mazurek,Addie Morfoot,Lily Moayeri,Jenelle Riley,Ellise Shafer,Jasmin Rosemberg,Jazz; Barker, Andrew; Dawn, Randee; Dore, Shalini; Idelson, Karen; Hailu, Selome; Hendrickson, Paula K.; Hewitt, Zoe; Horst, Carole (2021-09-29). "Variety's Women's Impact Report 2021". Variety. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  16. ^ Staff, T. H. R. (2015-12-09). "Women in Entertainment Power 100: The Industry Stewards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  17. ^ "The ChangeMakers List: 30 Women Who Saved Entertainment in 2020". 2020-12-10. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  18. ^ Bergeson, Samantha (May 25, 2022). "Cannes 2022 Red Carpet: Tom Cruise, Kristen Stewart, Austin Butler, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, and More". IndieWire. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  19. ^ Davis, Clayton (2022-06-07). "Academy Museum Director Bill Kramer Named New Academy CEO, Dawn Hudson Exits". Variety. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  20. ^ Pond, Steve (2011-04-18). "So, How Does Film Independent Survive Without Dawn Hudson?". Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  21. ^ "HIGH PROFILE: Dawn Ann Hudson CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". Arkansas Online. 2021-12-19. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  22. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (May 6, 2014). "Film academy to consider CEO Dawn Hudson's contract". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  23. ^ "Dawn Hudson: Movies, TV, and Bio". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2023-03-30.

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