Hammer Museum Appoints Darren Star, Miramax's Bill Block and Roc Nation's Jay Brown to Board Positions

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From left: Jay Brown, Cindy Miscikowski, Bill Block, Darren Star

Brown and Cindy Miscikowski have joined the Los Angeles-based contemporary art museum's board of directors, while Block and Star have joined its board of overseers.

The Hammer Museum will start the new year with four new names on its boards.

Roc Nation co-founder and CEO Jay Brown and Cindy Miscikowski, a longtime Los Angeles civic and business leader, have joined the Westwood museum's board of directors, while Miramax CEO Bill Block and Darren Star, a TV creator known for Sex and the City, have joined the board of overseers.

The board of directors, comprised of 22 with the addition of Brown and Miscikowski, is the museum’s governing body. The board of overseers — a body made up of 27 members — offers guidance on the development of the museum’s programs and collection.

Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin said the four individuals "are all extraordinarily talented individuals who are passionate about art and the creative culture of Los Angeles," adding, “I am so thrilled to work with them during this exciting transformational time at the Hammer.”

Brown founded Roc Nation with hip-hop superstar Jay-Z and Tyran “TyTy” Smith in 2008. Since then, he has been involved with the careers of such acts as Rihanna, J. Cole, Shakira, Mariah Carey and Meek Mill and producer DJ Mustard. Roc Nation’s business interests also include music publishing, TV, film, merchandising, touring, festivals and Roc Nation Sports. This is not Brown's first board appointment; he also is secretary of the board for Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation and serves on the board of Global Citizen.

Miscikowski was a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 1997-2005. In July 2009, she was appointed by then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as president of the L.A. board of Harbor Commissioners and led the Port of Los Angeles in achieving record air-quality improvement. Her public policy expertise includes managing budgets, municipal finance and advocacy of citizen participation. Since late 2009, Miscikowski has been the general and managing partner of the Ring Group, a real estate holding and management company. She sits on the boards of the Los Angeles Music Center, Genesis L.A. and on the board of visitors for the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. 

Block is a veteran Hollywood exec whose film credits include Halloween, Bad Moms, Fury, District 9 and The Blair Witch Project. He also is  a dedicated contemporary art collector who recently purchased works by Julia Rommel and Tauba Auerbach as gifts for the Hammer Contemporary Collection.

Star is the creator and executive producer of such TV hits as Beverly Hills, 90210; Melrose Place; and Sex and the City. His current series Younger is entering production for a sixth season for Paramount Network, and he has an upcoming show in the works titled Emily in Paris. Earlier this year, Star served as co-chair of the Hammer’s Gala in the Garden, an event that raised a record-breaking $2.6 million for the museum.