Tom Sherak tapped as new AMPAS president, Hanks first vice

Posted by · 11:41 pm · August 18th, 2009

Tom SherakWith Sid Ganis on his way out as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the search for a replacement has come to an end.  Tom Sherak, a representative of AMPAS’s Executives Branch, has parlayed his seven-year stint on the Board of Governors and a one-year go at treasurer into the new head of the organization.

“Sherak, a marketing, distribution and production executive with more than four decades in the motion picture industry, is currently a consultant for Marvel Studios,” the press release reads.

Nikki Finke is rather beside herself at the news, chastising Sherak as a “major advocate” for what she calls “he worst idea ever in the modern history of the Oscars: the recent decision to have 10 feature films vying in the Best Picture category.”  She also uses the fact that Sherak was “responsible for lobbying the board to choose Jerry Lewis to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the last Oscars” as a mark against him.  You’ll recall there was something of a controversy around that particular award last year.

Elsewhere, Tom Hanks left his post as a Actors Branch Governor to take on elected duties as first vice-president, while Producers Branch Governor Kathleen Kennedy and Writers Branch Governor Phil Robinson were elected vice-presidents.  Feature Animation Branch governor John Lasseter was elected secretary.

Full press release after the jump.

Beverly Hills, CA (August 18, 2009) — Tom Sherak was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (8/18) by the organization’s Board of Governors.

Sherak, who is beginning his seventh year as a governor representing the Executives Branch, has served as treasurer of the Academy during the past year. He succeeds Sid Ganis, who had served the maximum four consecutive one-year terms in the office.

In addition, Actors Branch governor Tom Hanks was elected first vice president; Producers Branch governor Kathleen Kennedy and Writers Branch governor Phil Robinson were elected to vice presidents posts; Producers Branch governor Hawk Koch was elected treasurer; and Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor John Lasseter was elected secretary. Ganis, representing the Public Relations Branch, will serve as immediate past president.

These will be the first officer stints for Lasseter and Robinson. Hanks had previously served as vice president and treasurer. Koch had previously served one term as vice president. This will be Kennedy’s second consecutive term as vice president.

Sherak, a marketing, distribution and production executive with more than four decades in the motion picture industry, is currently a consultant for Marvel Studios.

Previously, Sherak was a partner at Revolution Studios where he oversaw the release of more than 40 films including “Black Hawk Down,” “Anger Management,” “Rent” and “Across the Universe.”

Prior to joining Revolution, Sherak was chairman of Twentieth Century Domestic Film Group and served as senior executive vice president of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Previously, he held various positions at Fox, including senior executive vice president, where he oversaw the distribution and post-production of “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Speed” and “Independence Day,” among others.

In 1990 Sherak was named executive vice president of Twentieth Century Fox. Prior to that he was president of domestic distribution and marketing for Fox, where launched such films as “Romancing the Stone,” “Aliens,” “Wall Street,” “Die Hard” and “Working Girl.” He began his career in the industry at Paramount Pictures in 1970.

Academy board members serve three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive terms in any one office.




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  • 1 8-19-2009 at 1:38 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Well, he certainly has a long resume. Since many of AMPAS’s decisions these past few years have been questionable at best and boneheaded at worst, I’m actually very happy that Sid Ganis is out the door.