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Oscars elect exec Tom Sherak as academy president

August 19, 2009 | 10:36 am

Oscars New President Tom Sherak Studio executive Tom Sherak has been chosen by his fellow members of the Board of Governors as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Sherak, a consultant to Marvel Studios, replaces PR guru Sid Ganis, who had served the maximum four consecutive one-year terms as chief honcho of the Oscars.

The Board of Governors is comprised of three representatives from each of 14 branches (actors, art directors, cinematographers, directors, documentary, editors, executives, music, producers, public relations, short films/feature animation, sound, visual effects, and writers) and one from the recently created hair and makeup branch.

Also elected at Tuesday night's meeting were: actors branch governor Tom Hanks (first vice president); producers branch governor Kathleen Kennedy (vice president); writers branch governor Phil Robinson (vice president); producers branch governor Hawk Koch (treasurer); and short films/feature animation branch governor John Lasseter (secretary).

Hanks has been vice president and treasurer. Koch had previously served one term as vice president while this will be Kennedy’s second consecutive term as vice president. Lasseter, who replaces Sherak as secretary, and Robinson are newcomers to office. 

Sherak, who began his career at Paramount in 1970, was a longtime executive at Fox, working in various positions in distribution and marketing before becoming chair of the domestic film group. More recently, he was a partner at Revolution Studios.

Photo: Los Angeles Times

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