Hayma “Screech” Washington has been elected as chairman and CEO of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, also known as the Television Academy. He is the first African-American to hold the position of CEO in the organization’s 70 years of existence. The Television Academy is the organization that presents the Prime-time Emmy Awards, an annual ceremony honoring achievement in U.S. prime-time television.
Washington wants to focus on diversifying the Academy’s membership. He also wants to reverse the sharp criticism that has occurred over the lack of minorities among Oscar nominees. He recently stated, “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.”
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