Orange, CA (May 2, 2016) – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will receive an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Dodge College’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21, where Isaacs will deliver the keynote address.
Isaacs is serving her third term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and her 23rd year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch. During her tenure on the board, she previously served as First Vice President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. In addition, in 2012, Isaacs produced the Academy’s prestigious 4th Annual Governors Awards.
Isaacs has a long-standing relationship with Chapman and was a Filmmaker-in-Residence at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and currently serves as an adjunct professor at the school. She previously served as an adjunct professor at USC Cinema and Television School’s Peter Stark Producing Program; Columbia College Chicago, and Mount Saint Mary’s College. She has guest lectured at USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, and Soka University of America.
“Students are always eager to hear career advice and the opportunity to hear from the President of the Academy is as good a graduation send-off as any student could ever hope for—she brings an unmatched breadth and depth of experience to her advice,” said Dodge College Dean Bob Bassett.
Isaacs has been a respected motion picture marketing executive for over 30 years. For the last nine years, CBI Enterprises, Inc. has consulted for companies such as MTV Films, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, The Weinstein Company and Sony Entertainment. Her clients have included Troika Pictures, Andrew Lauren Productions, Linden Productions, Laika Entertainment, Film Bankers International, KTLA, Success Films, Robson Entertainment, Rangeland Productions, and Cube Vision. She 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.
During her tenure as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema, , she developed and executed the campaigns for such films as Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Wedding Singer, Wag the Dog, Boogie Nights,American History X, and Rush Hour whose $33 million opening was, at the time, the largest in company history.
Prior to joining New Line Cinema, Isaacs had served as executive vice president, worldwide publicity, for the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures. She orchestrated acclaimed publicity campaigns for Forrest Gump and Braveheart, each of which won multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Isaacs was senior vice president, publicity, and held the title of vice president, publicity and during her tenure at Paramount she publicized the launch of such blockbusters as First Wives Club, Mission: Impossible, The Firm, Ghost, The Addams Family, Coming to America, Fatal Attraction, and the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy.
In addition to her long tenure at Paramount Pictures, Isaacs served as director of advertising and publicity for The Ladd Company where she worked on The Right Stuff, Police Academy and Once Upon a Time in America. Prior to that, she spent five years at Melvin Simon Productions (The Stunt Man, Love at First Bite, Porky’s) where her last position was vice president, worldwide advertising and publicity. She began her career in 1977 as a publicist at Columbia Pictures.
She continues to serve as the Advisory Commissioner of YCWCA Greater Los Angeles and . is a Trustee for the American Film Institute and previously a member of the Corporate Board of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, serving as Secretary for three years. Isaacs was inducted in to the NAACP hall of fame in 2014 and was the recipient of the 2016 Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California.