Korean American Jennifer Yuh Appointed to Board of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

Michael Song, March 18, 2016, 9:25 a.m.


There is good news in Hollywood!  The Western film industry is finally working towards becoming more diversified, starting with placing minority members on the board of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Korean American Jennifer Yuh has been appointed on the board. 

Jennifer Yu Nelson, is a South Korean-born American director and storyboard artist. She is best known for her directorial debut Kung Fu Panda 2. Yuh is the first woman to solely direct an animated feature from a major Hollywood studio.

She won an Annie Award for Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production for directing the opening for Kung Fu Panda and was the second woman nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, for her work on Kung Fu Panda 2. After the film proved to be one of the most financially successful films directed by a woman, Yuh returned to direct Kung Fu Panda 3, released on January 29, 2016.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is a professional honorary organization with the stated goal of advancing the arts and sciences of motion pictures. The Academy's corporate management and general policies are overseen by a Board of Governors, which includes representatives from each of the craft branches.

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