Academy re-elects Rehme

New AMPAS prexy led push for Oscar complex

Robert Rehme, who started out in showbiz as a 16-year-old theater usher in his native Cincinnati, has been re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The AMPAS board of governors, meeting on Thursday, ushered Rehme into office for a second consecutive one-year term. He also served as Academy president in 1992-93.

“I love working for the Academy — it’s a passion,” Rehme told Daily Variety Friday.

Rehme’s colleagues were evidently pleased with the way he pushed a deal for the new Academy theater, part of a development complex in Hollywood. It’s where the Oscar show will be broadcast, if things stay on schedule, starting in 2001.

Rehme was also behind changing the Oscarcast to Sundays starting next year.

Rehme said the Academy is in “excellent financial shape” and that he looks forward to “another year that just may prove to be as exciting as the last.”

A veteran producer, Rehme and Mace Neufeld turned out “Patriot Games,” “Clear and Present Danger” and “Beverly Hills Cop 3.” Last fall, he formed Rehme Prods. and Phoenix/Rehme Prods., and says he has several projects in various stages of development.

In other elections to the Academy board, actor Roddy McDowall, who has served three consecutive terms as secretary, was elected treasurer. He replaces writer Fay Kanin, who had served the maximum nine years as a governor.

Don Rogers, a sound branch governor, was elected secretary; public relations branch governor Sid Ganis was re-elected first vice president and music branch governor Alan Bergman and film editor Donn Cambern were re-elected vice presidents.

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