The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has received three $5m naming gifts from producer and Academy governor Gale Anne Hurd, philanthropist Gerald Schwartz and his wife Heather Reisman, Victoria Mann Simms and her husband Ron Simms and their family.
“Our plans for the Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures are ambitious, and the support of a diverse and committed group of partners will help to make our vision possible,” said Academy Museum campaign chair Bob Iger. “We are incredibly grateful for these vital commitments to the project.”
Support from Gale Anne Hurd will fund the creation of the Academy Museum’s demonstration stage, which will be called The Hurd Stage and will host clinics and masterclasses.
Support from Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman will fund the Museum’s mezzanine lobby and gallery space, to be called the Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman Mezzanine Gallery.
The Simms/Mann Family Foundation donation supports the creation of The Ted Mann Theater, intended as a home for retrospectives, screening series, and special programming.
The Academy launched the Museum’s capital campaign, which is co-chaired by Annette Bening and Tom Hanks, in 2012 and has secured more than half of the campaign’s goal. The Museum is scheduled to open in 2017.