Helmer Hiller named pic Academy’s prexy

Director Arthur Hiller will succeed producer Robert Rehme as the 29th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the organization announced Wednesday.

Hiller, 69, takes the one-year position after serving two terms as president of the Directors Guild of America.

“You have no idea what you’ve done for me,” he told the Academy’s Board of Governors Tuesday night. “I gave up the presidency of the DGA in mid-June — so I’ve been over seven weeks without a reserved parking spot.”

The board also named Alan Bergman, Donn Cambern and Fay Kanin vice presidents , and Arthur Hamilton and Donald C. Rogers treasurer and secretary, respectively.

During the next year, Hiller plans to continue the Academy’s fundraising efforts and positive public image, and anticipates little controversy other than the continuing discussion of how documentaries and short films will be featured in the Academy Awards.

Last December, the Academy delayed for a year a final decision on eliminating the documentary short and live-action short categories from Oscar competitionDaily Variety, Dec. 17, 1992). The Acad’s initial decision to eliminate the two shorts categories set off a firestorm of protest from prominent filmmakers and executives.

Hiller doubts the position will interfere with his directing work.

“I directed three films during my four years as president of the Directors Guild,” he said. “This job probably won’t have the same emotional stress, because I won’t be dealing with people’s livelihoods, health plans and residuals.”

Hiller earned an Academy Award nomination in 1970 for “Love Story.”

His other credits include “The Man in the Glass Booth,””The In-Laws, “”Outrageous Fortune” and “The Babe.”

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