The Board of Governors of the Television Academy has elected the first African-American chairman and CEO in the 70-year history of the organization.
Hayma “Screech” Washington was elected to serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1. He succeeds Bruce Rosenblum, who has served since January 2012.
“Emmy Award winner Washington, the Academy’s first African-American chairman and CEO, is a seasoned television executive who currently produces and directs under his own production company banner, Screechers Pix,” the organization said in its announcement. “Washington previously served as executive producer of ‘The Amazing Race,’ for which he earned seven Emmy Awards and a Producers Guild Award.”
Washington was previously at Walt Disney Studios for 10 years, serving as vice president for two production divisions.
Washington says in the announcement: “I am honored to have been selected to lead the Academy and look forward to serving our membership alongside the governors, executive committee, Foundation and staff. This is a time of considerable change for our industry and I am deeply committed to ensuring that the Academy is at the forefront as we move towards a more inclusive future.”
The Academy also announced its newly elected officers and governors who will serve on the Board for the 2017–2018 term.
Here’s the list of incoming officers who will serve from Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2018:
• Hayma “Screech” Washington, Chairman and CEO
• Frank Scherma, Vice Chair
• Steve Venezia, Second Vice Chair
• Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg, Secretary
• Allison Binder, Treasurer
• Mitch Waldow, Los Angeles Area Vice Chair.
To see the list of newly elected governors by peer group, click here to go to the Academy website.