The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has elected a top TV industry executive as the organization’s chairman and CEO, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Warner Bros. Television Group President Bruce Rosenblum has been tapped to lead the academy, the story says.
It’s the first time 14 years that the group will have a high-ranking TV executive in the position, the story notes. The last one was Rich Frank, who had served as president of Walt Disney’s TV operations and left the TV academy post 1997, the story says.
Rosenblum is replacing John Shaffner, who wasn’t eligible to run for re-election after serving two terms, the piece notes. Shaffner, a production designer, had worked at Warner Bros. on shows including "Friends" and "The Big Bang Theory."
In an interview, Rosenblum said his plan is to hold TV industry "summits," modeled after similar events put together by Frank, THR notes in a separate story. Rosenblum said he also wants to improve the TV Academy’s diversity, deal with piracy concerns and grow the work of the Academy Foundation, the story says.