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Producer Howard Koch elected president of motion picture academy

1 August 2012 8:15 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Producer Howard Koch, Jr. ("Source Code," "Gorky Park") is following in the footsteps of his father with his election as president of the motion picture academy. The senior Koch, who worked as an exec at Paramount before hanging out his own production shingle, was Academy president from 1977 to 1979. He also produced eight Oscar telecasts.    Related: Academy issues new guidelines for Oscars campaigning His son, known as "Hawk," is limited to serving for just 365 days as he is entering his ninth year as a governor of the academy and is term-limited for that post. He is the 32nd president of the academy, which was founded in 1927, and succeeds film exec Tom Sherak who served the maximum three one-year terms as president.  PR exec Cheryl Boone Isaacs, producer Kathleen Kennedy and writer Phil Robinson were elected to vice president positions, while studio exec Rob Friedman was chosen as trea »

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Producer Hawk Koch Elected New Academy President!

31 July 2012 9:03 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Producer Hawk Koch was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (July 31) by the organization’s Board of Governors. This will be his first term in the office.

Koch, who is beginning his ninth year as a governor representing the Producers Branch, has served as first vice president of the Academy during the past year. He previously served three one-year terms as treasurer and one term as vice president.

In addition, Public Relations Branch governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected first vice president; Producers Branch governor Kathleen Kennedy was elected to one vice president post and Writers Branch governor Phil Robinson was re-elected to the other vice president post; Public Relations Branch governor Rob Friedman was elected treasurer; and Executives Branch governor Robert Rehme was elected secretary.

Koch’s producer credits include “Losing Isaiah” and “Gorky Park.” He recently served as executive producer »

- Josh Abraham

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Hawk Koch Elected Academy President

31 July 2012 8:20 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Producer Hawk Koch was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (July 31) by the organization’s Board of Governors. This will be his first term in the office.

Koch, who is beginning his ninth year as a governor representing the Producers Branch, has served as first vice president of the Academy during the past year. He previously served three one-year terms as treasurer and one term as vice president.

In addition, Public Relations Branch governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected first vice president; Producers Branch governor Kathleen Kennedy was elected to one vice president post and Writers Branch governor Phil Robinson was re-elected to the other vice president post; Public Relations Branch governor Rob Friedman was elected treasurer; and Executives Branch governor Robert Rehme was elected secretary.

Koch’s producer credits include “Losing Isaiah” and “Gorky Park.” He recently served as executive »

- Michelle McCue

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Hawk Koch Elected New Motion Picture Academy President Tonight

31 July 2012 7:28 PM, PDT | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Beverly Hills, CA – Producer Hawk Koch was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (July 31) by the organization’s Board of Governors. This will be his first term in the office. Koch, who is beginning his ninth year as a governor representing the Producers Branch, has served as first vice president of the Academy during the past year. He previously served three one-year terms as treasurer and one term as vice president. In addition, Public Relations Branch governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected first vice president; Producers Branch governor Kathleen Kennedy was elected to one vice president post and Writers Branch governor Phil Robinson was re-elected to the other vice president post; Public Relations Branch governor Rob Friedman was elected treasurer; and Executives Branch governor Robert Rehme was elected secretary. Koch’s producer credits include “Losing Isaiah” and “Gorky Park.” He recently served as executive »

- NIKKI FINKE

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Academy Elects Hawk Koch as Its New President

31 July 2012 7:08 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' board of governors elected film producer Hawk Koch as the organization's new president Tuesday night. The board also elected public relations branch governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs as first vice president. Producer Kathleen Kennedy was elected to one vp post, and writers branch governor Phil Robinson was elected to the other vp post. Public relations branch governer Rob Friedman, co-chairman and CEO of Summit Entertainment, was elected treasurer. And executives branch governor Robert Rehme, a past Academy president, was elected secretary. Koch has been a member of the Academy's producers branch since

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- Kimberly Nordyke

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Oscar®-Winning Screenwriter Frank Pierson 1925-2012

23 July 2012 2:38 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Statement from Pierson Family

Oscar-winning screenwriter Frank Pierson died today in Los Angeles of natural causes following a short illness.  He was 87.

A three-time Academy Award® nominee, Pierson won an Oscar for his original screenplay of “Dog Day Afternoon.” He received nominations for “Cat Ballou” and “Cool Hand Luke.” Pierson.s writing credits also include “Presumed Innocent” and “A Star Is Born,” which he also directed.

Pierson was currently working as Writer and Consulting Producer on the Emmy Award®-winning drama “Mad Men” and had served the same duties on numerous episodes of “The Good Wife.”

Pierson was president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2001-2005 and had served as Governor of the Writers Branch for 17 years.

Pierson is survived by his wife Helene, his children Michael and Eve and five grandchildren.

There will be a private funeral for the family this week. A public memorial »

- Michelle McCue

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R.I.P. Frank Pierson

23 July 2012 11:22 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exceptional Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Frank Pierson, who became presidents of both the Writers Guild, West, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, died today in Los Angeles of natural causes following a short illness, according to his manager. He was 87. Gentlemanly yet ornery, meticulous yet creative, Pierson compiled a remarkable writing resume, starting in the 1950s with television shows like Have Gun, Will Travel and Playhouse 90, followed by five decades of films like Cat Ballou (screenplay by Walter Newman and Frank R. Pierson), Dog Day Afternoon (screenplay by Frank Pierson), A Star Is Born (screenplay by Joan Didion & John Gregory Dunne and Frank Pierson), In Country (screenplay by Frank Pierson and Cynthia Cidre), and Presumed Innocent (screenplay by Frank Pierson and Alan J. Pakula). In his 80s, he worked for HBO on telemovies, AMC as a writer/consulting producer on Mad Men, and on CBS »

- NIKKI FINKE

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R.I.P. Frank Pierson

23 July 2012 11:22 AM, PDT | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Exceptional Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Frank Pierson, who became presidents of both the Writers Guild, West, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, died today in Los Angeles of natural causes following a short illness, according to his manager. He was 87. Gentlemanly yet ornery, meticulous yet creative, Pierson compiled a remarkable writing resume, starting in the 1950s with television shows like Have Gun, Will Travel and Playhouse 90, followed by five decades of seminal films like Cat Ballou (screenplay by Walter Newman and Frank R. Pierson), Dog Day Afternoon (screenplay by Frank Pierson), A Star Is Born (screenplay by Joan Didion & John Gregory Dunne and Frank Pierson), In Country (screenplay by Frank Pierson and Cynthia Cidre), and Presumed Innocent (screenplay by Frank Pierson and Alan J. Pakula). Even in his later years, he worked for HBO on telemovies, AMC as a writer/consulting producer on Mad Men, »

- NIKKI FINKE

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The Academy Elects 2012-2013 Board Of Governors

17 July 2012 3:15 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Six first-time governors have been elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences . Dante Spinotti, representing the Cinematographers branch; Lisa Cholodenko, Directors branch; Dick Cook, Executives; John Knoll, Visual Effects; Scott Millan, Sound and Bill Condon, Writers. In addition, seven incumbents were reelected and three other motion picture professionals will return to the Board after a time away.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are Michael Mann, Directors; Arthur Hamilton, Music; and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers. Mann previously served from 2000 to 2006. Hamilton most recently served from 2008 to 2011, he has served a total of 33 years. Kennedy was on the board from 1994 to 1997 and again from 2002 to 2011.

The reelected governors are Tom Hanks, Actors; Jim Bissell, Designers; Rob Epstein, Documentary; Mark Goldblatt, Film Editors; Leonard Engelman, Makeup and Hairstylists; Rob Friedman, Public Relations and Bill Kroyer; Short Films & Feature Animation.

Fourteen of the Academy.s »

- Michelle McCue

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Academy Elects New Members of Board of Governors; Who Will Be Next AMPAS President?

17 July 2012 1:01 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences really runs the place. They're the ones in charge who represent 15 branches of the Academy, three Governors for 14 branches, who may serve up to three consecutive terms. Each branch elects or reelects one governor each year. The Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch is represented by a single governor. Next up on the first Tuesday this August: selecting a replacement for outgoing AMPAS president Tom Sherak, who is not seeking a fourth year as president because he's played out his nine-year tenure as a Governor. PGA chief Hawk Koch, who only has one year left as a Governor, producer Gale Anne Hurd, and filmmaker Phil Robinson are among the likely candidates. New Governor Dick Cook, the ex-Disney chairman, would make an excellent president, as would returning producer Kathleen Kennedy, but she will have her hands full running LucasFilm. »

- Anne Thompson

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Euro 2012 Preview: England, In Turmoil And Going Nowhere

8 June 2012 12:47 PM, PDT | Celebsology | See recent Celebsology news »

Every weekday before Euro 2012 begins on June 8, we’ll preview a national team in the field, beginning with Group A and finishing with Group D. Today we continue Group D with England, a nation which continues its precipitous decline.

Nothing makes me happier than the fact that English fans finally have accepted the fact that the national team essentially have no chance to win a major international tournament. Even with a full squad they would struggle against European competition, but the prospects of making it out of the group stage become even more unlikely without the likes of Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Cahill and Gareth Barry.

Group A Previews: Poland | Russia | Czech Republic | Greece

England’s strengths this year are, ironically, areas of historical weakness: goalkeeper and manager. I know, I know, no one really likes Roy Hodgson, but he’s certainly the best choice for the job given »

- Anthony Schneck

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