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Sherak Elected Academy President

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 19, 2009 at 12:53PM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has a new public face: the Board of Governors elected six-year board and executive branch member Tom Sherak president on Tuesday night. He takes over for genial Sid Ganis, a victim of term limits: he served the maximum four consecutive one-year terms. Ganis remains on executive committee as immediate past president. Sherak was treasurer; producer Howard Koch will take on that role. The president is closely involved with all Academy functions, from various rule changes to prepping the annual Oscarcast and helping to select its producer and host.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has a new public face: the Board of Governors elected six-year board and executive branch member Tom Sherak president on Tuesday night. He takes over for genial Sid Ganis, a victim of term limits: he served the maximum four consecutive one-year terms. Ganis remains on executive committee as immediate past president. Sherak was treasurer; producer Howard Koch will take on that role. The president is closely involved with all Academy functions, from various rule changes to prepping the annual Oscarcast and helping to select its producer and host.

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New officers elected Tuesday night include writer Phil Robinson and Disney/Pixar exec John Lasseter, who represents the shorts and animation branch. Other officers elected were Actors Branch governor Tom Hanks (first vice president) and Producers Branch governor Kathleen Kennedy (vice president).

Ganis and Sherak are both good guys who know how to swim with the sharks. Sherak joined Twentieth Century Fox distribution from the exhibition side and rose to chairman of the domestic film group and sr. v-p of Fox Filmed Entertainment. He then partnered with ex-Fox chief Joe Roth at Revolution Studios. A passionate fundraiser for multiple sclerosis, Sherak is now consulting for Marvel Studios.

This article is related to: Awards, Hollywood, Oscars


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.