The first African-American chairman of the Television Academy is stepping down after two years on the job. Variety reports that Hayma Washington has decided to exit his post as chairman and CEO of the organization that administers the Primetime Emmys.
“Washington tells Variety he decided not to seek a second term so that he can focus on his producing work as well as his efforts to promote diversity and inclusion,” the publication reports.
Variety quotes Washington saying: “As I looked back at what we’ve accomplished, I couldn’t be prouder, and it just felt for me as a professional and personally it was time to move on. I’m an independent producer and as you sit in that position, you really are limited in some of the things you can do with your agendas, and mine being exclusion and inclusion and diversity. I just felt that as an independent producer, if I could get back out into that arena, I could just be so much more effective in what was personally important to me.”
Washington was elected to the position in November 2016, taking over for Bruce Rosenblum, who had held the job for five years.