Hayma Washington, chairman and chief executive officer of the Television Academy, is one of the most prolific and accomplished executives in the industry.
A seven-time Emmy Award winner, Washington's television and film production career includes live sports, award shows, music, comedy, drama, talk, independent films and short-form digital content.
In addition to serving as a governor for the Producers peer group of the Television Academy, Washington also served two terms as television vice president for the Producers Guild of America where he continues on as a member of their national board of directors.
The depth and breadth of his experience spans more than three decades and began with his founding role in the now iconic and long-time ratings juggernaut MTV Video Music Awards. He was also on the original production team for the ESPYs.
During his tenure as an executive producer of the ground-breaking CBS reality sensation, The Amazing Race, Washington raised the bar for reality television worldwide. He hired and oversaw production crews of roughly 2,000 members per season, spread over three to six continents. For his work, Washington received seven Emmys in the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program category for this work, as well as numerous PGA nominations and the PGA's Producers Guild Award in 2005. He has also been recognized with four MTV Video Music Awards over the course of his career.
During his 10-year stint with The Walt Disney Studios as vice president of production for Buena Vista Productions, Washington played pivotal roles in producing such classic syndicated programs as Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and Siskel & Ebert. He oversaw remote location shoots for the perennial pop culture series, Bill Nye the Science Guy, as well as production on numerous series including Win Ben Stein's Money (which introduced television audiences to Jimmy Kimmel) and multiple seasons of Honey I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show. He engineered the launch of production units for Disney's international divisions that spanned over 40 countries throughout Europe, South America and Asia. Washington's production responsibilities and oversight extended to running local production units around the world for the successful Disney Club franchises, as well as numerous international and domestic specials.
Washington's credits also include producing thousands of hours of scripted and non-scripted television programs and development in all genres, encompassing a dazzling array of projects for every broadcast network and a profusion of top cable nets.
Washington began his career working on videos for such stars as David Bowie, Whitney Houston, Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson, and the memorable Cyndi Lauper wrestling video for Land of 1000 Dances.
His production company, Screechers Pix, is a winner of the BACS Independent Filmmaker Award.