Prexy Pierson reups and Roth will run Oscarcast
Frank R. Pierson has been tapped for a third consecutive term as prexy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, while Joe Roth will produce the Oscarcast for the first time.The Acad is expected to make the Roth announcement soon. The Oscars will be held Feb. 29. The board of governors re-elected Pierson Tuesday during its annual August meeting. Also elected: PR branch governor and producer Sid Ganis, first VP; directors branch governor Gil Cates and PR branch governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs, veepees; actors branch governor Kathy Bates, treasurer; and sound branch governor Donald Rogers, re-elected secretary. Cates, a veteran Oscarcast producer, is serving for the first time as an officer of the Academy. Roth, a former Disney and 20th Century Fox chairman, heads up Revolution Studios, which he formed in May 2000. Since then, Revolution has released 17 films. While pundits will likely seize on the fact that Revolution produced last week’s B.O. bomb “Gigli,” the studio has chalked up successes this year like “Anger Management” and “Daddy Day Care”; it’s putting finishing touches on the Ron Howard film “Radio,” “Mona Lisa Smile,” “The Missing” and co-production (with Universal and Columbia) “Peter Pan.” A producer of more than 30 pics, Roth has directed four, including “America’s Sweethearts,” and he is attached to helm the Revolution project “Willie,” starring Ice Cube. Oscarcast producers in the past decade include Cates (multiple times), Quincy Jones, Richard & Lili Fini Zanuck and Laura Ziskin. Academy officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four successive terms in any one office. Hence, Pierson could hold the reins for two more years. Ganis has previously served four terms as first VP, and three as VP. Rogers has previously served three terms as VP, one term as treasurer and nine as secretary. Bates has served three terms as VP and a term as secretary. Isaacs served last year as treasurer. Pierson, a governor repping the writers branch of the Acad for the past six years, was first tapped to the presidency in 2001.