Hall of Fame Award
Cheryl Boone Isaacs
President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Boone Isaacs’ developed a love for movies while visiting her older brother, Ashley Boone, Jr., who worked at United Artists in New York City. During this time, she spent countless hours watching movies in screening rooms, and although she went on to earn a B.A. in Political Science from Whittier College, this passion for movies ultimately led her to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Boone Isaacs has been a leading motion picture marketing executive for 30 years. She began her career in 1977 as a staff publicist at Columbia Pictures, then served as a marketing executive with a number of leading production companies before landing at Paramount Pictures where she rose to executive vice president for worldwide publicity and orchestrated campaigns for the Best Picture winners “Forrest Gump” and “Braveheart.”
In 1997, Boone Isaacs joined New Line Cinema as president of theatrical marketing and became the first black woman to head a major studio’s marketing operation, which encompassed media buying, publicity, advertising, market research and product placement. While there, she oversaw numerous box office successes, including “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” “Rush Hour” and “Blade.”
Currently, Boone Isaacs heads CBI Enterprises, Inc., and has consulted on marketing efforts for such films as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.”
Boone Isaacs was elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on July 30, 2013 by the organization’s Board of Governors. She is beginning her 21st year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch, and is the only person in Academy history to have served in every elected office, from Secretary to Treasurer to Academy Foundation President and Vice President. She also produced the 2012 Governors Awards. She is the third woman and the first African American to become President of the Academy in the organization’s 86-year history. This historic moment was not lost on Boone Isaacs when she realized her unprecedented achievement.
As the Academy’s 35th president, Boone Isaacs is focused on the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony and overseeing many of the Academy’s global initiatives, including the development of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which will be the world’s premiere movie museum and is slated to open in the historic May Company Building on the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire in 2017. Boone Isaacs is married to movie producer Stanley Isaacs, and they have one son, Cooper.
President, Directors Guild of America
After a successful career in advertising as a copywriter, Paris Barclay moved into music video production, directing music videos for LL Cool J, Bob Dylan, and Harry Connick, Jr. among others. He then shifted his primary focus to television directing and producing, helming more than 130 episodes of shows as diverse as NYPD Blue, ER, The West Wing, Cold Case, Glee, In Treatment, and Sons of Anarchy, which he also executive produces. He co-created the CBS medical drama City of Angels, starring Blair Underwood, Vivica Fox, Viola Davis, and Maya Rudolph. He has won two Emmys (out of seven nominations) and one DGA Award (out of 10 nominations) and has been nominated for the Golden Globe, and won two NAACP Image Awards (out of ten nominations), one Writers Guild nomination, and three Peabody Awards. Barclay has also made service a key part of his life, most particularly service to the Directors Guild, where he currently serves as the first African-American President in the Guild’s 77 year history. The DGA recognized his service to the Guild with the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award in 2007. In addition to his work in the industry, Barclay has been recognized for his service and contributions to many charitable organizations, including the Black AIDS Institute (who honored him as one of their inaugural “Heroes In The Struggle”), Liberty Hill, GLAAD, and Project Angel Food.