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Hiller takes AFI chair

Veteran director Arthur Hiller will serve as the new chair of the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies.

The AFI Conservatory, founded in 1969, is a two-year graduate program whose alumni have included Jon Avnet, Martin Brest, Carl Franklin, Amy Heckerling, Janusz Kaminski, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, Terence Malick, John McTiernan and Paul Schrader.

“It’s a real honor and challenge to be working with the new generation of talented people,” Hiller said. “The program is really one of the AFI’s most significant, and it’s a great way for those who’ve been involved in the industry for many years to give back something positive.”

Hiller succeeds Robert Rehme in the position and will work in concert with artistic director Frank Pierson in the growth and development of the program.

A former president of the Directors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hiller began his career in television and stage during the 1950s. His feature film credits have included “The Americanization of Emily,” “Love Story,” “The Silver Streak,” “The In-Law,” “The Hospital” and “Outrageous Fortune.”

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