Ganis elected prez of Academy Foundation

Levy re-elected veep

Sid Ganis has been elected president of the Academy Foundation, the educational and cultural arm of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Ganis, an Academy public relations branch governor, previously served four terms as secretary of the foundation and one term as vice president.

Marvin Levy, also a public relations branch governor, was re-elected vice president, while writers’ branch governor Fay Kanin was tapped to fill the other vice presidential slot.

Music branch governor Arthur Hamilton was re-elected treasurer, and sound branch governor Don Hall becomes secretary.

New foundation trustees elected by the board of governors of the Academy are Kanin; Conrad Hall, cinematographers’ branch; and Paul Mazursky, directors.

Re-elected trustees are: Ganis, Don Hall, Levy and Hamilton; Alan Bergman, music; John Frankenheimer and Robert Wise, directors; Karl Malden, actors; Roger L. Mayer, Robert Rehme and Lew R. Wasserman, executives; Frank R. Pierson, writers; and Donald C. Rogers, sound.

Academy executive director Bruce Davis remains executive secretary of the foundation, which was established in 1942 to oversee all educational, preservation and cultural activities of the Academy. Its governing body of 16 trustees is drawn from the Academy’s 39-member board of governors. Trustees and officers of the foundation serve one-year terms.

Bass to lecture

In addition, the Acad announced that Oscar-winning screenwriter Ron Bass will deliver the Marvin Borowsky lecture on screenwriting at 8 p.m. Sept. 14.

The lecture, to be moderated by film journalist Richard Natale, is a forum for film writers to discuss their work. Past lecturers include Billy Wilder, Lawrence Kasdan and Nora Ephron.

Bass, who nabbed an Oscar in 1988 as a co-scripter of “Rain Man,” has also penned “My Best Friend’s Wedding” (1997), “What Dreams May Come” (1998) and “Entrapment” (1999).

Lecture tickets cost $5 for the general public, and $3 for Academy members and students. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

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