The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has elected David Rubin as its president , the first time a casting director has held the esteemed position.
Rubin, whose career spans more than 80 motion pictures, begins his first term as president in the 2019-20 year, representing the Casting Directors Branch.
With more than 100 film and television credits, he has cast features such as The English Patient, Men in Black, Hairspray, and Lars and the Real Girl, among others.
In 2002, Rubin received the Casting Society of America’s Hoyt Bowers Award for outstanding contribution to the casting profession. He succeeds cinematographer and former Academy president John Bailey in the role.
A number of other officer positions were also named, including: makeup artist Lois Burwell as first vice president (chair, Awards and Events Committee); Out of the Blue Entertainment co-president Sid Ganis as vice president (chair, Museum Committee); screenwriter Larry Karaszewski as vice president (chair, Preservation and History Committee); Fox Searchlight Pictures chairman Nancy Utley as vice president (chair, Education and Outreach Committee); producer Mark Johnson as treasurer (chair, Finance Committee); and DreamWorks animation producer Bonnie Arnold as secretary (chair, Membership and Governance Committee).
Academy board members can serve up to three consecutive three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.