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Motion Picture Academy Picks a New President

Aug 1, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has named a new president, the Los Angeles Times reports. The organization on Tuesday named Hawk Koch to the post.

Koch, a longtime producer and the current co-president of the Producers Guild of America, replaces Tom Sherak, who is exiting after completing his three-year term.

Koch has been on the Motion Picture Academy’s Board of Governors for the past eight years.

“Koch, whose father, Howard W. Koch, served as academy president in the 1970s, had been quietly but actively campaigning for the president’s post after serving as the organization’s first vice president and chairing the general membership committee,” the story notes.

Koch will serve only one year because he will run up against a nine-year term limit for members of the Board of Governors in 2013.

The Producers Guild of America issued a statement noting that Koch will take a leave of absence from his office with the PGA, leaving Mark Gordon as the sole president of that group.

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