Ron Meyer, president and COO of Universal Studios from 1995 through 2013 and vice-chair of its parent company NBCUniversal from 2013 until he exited that post on Tuesday morning, has stepped down as the chair of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures board of trustees, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Meyer had chaired the board since its inception in 2017. The museum is slated to open to the public on April 30, 2021.
Netflix co-chief executive officer Ted Sarandos, heretofore the museum board’s vice-chair, will serve as acting chair until the next board meeting on Sept. 15, at which point the trustees will vote to determine a full replacement.
Meyer, 75, issued a statement on Tuesday morning asserting that his departure from NBCUniversal was spurred by an extortion attempt related to an extramarital affair. (It was later reported that his affair was with the same woman whose involvement with Kevin Tsujihara — first reported by THR — led to Tsujihara’s exit as Warner Bros. chief in 2019.)
NBCUniversal described Meyer’s exit as “mutually” agreed upon. It comes hot on the heels of another major NBCUniversal executive shuffle — Paul Telegdy, the chair of its television entertainment division, was let go earlier this month in the wake of allegations that he fostered a toxic work environment, which were also first reported by THR.
Meyer, a co-founder of CAA, also serves on the boards of trustees of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, which feted him with its Humanitarian Award at its National Tribute Dinner in 2017 (he is not expected to depart from the SWC board), and as a vice-chair of the American Film Institute Corporate Council.
Here is the text of Sarandos’ Tuesday night email to Academy Museum trustees:
Dear Academy Museum Trustees,
I am writing to inform you that the Executive Committee of the Academy Museum’s Board of Trustees has accepted the resignation of Ron Meyer from the Board, for which he has served as Chair. The Board appreciates the support and guidance he has provided the museum during his tenure. As Vice-Chair, I will serve as Acting Chair until our September 15 meeting, where we will all vote on new board leadership.