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Ex-MPAA Chief Bob Pisano to Advise Tom Sherak in LA Film Czar Role

Bob Pisano will serve as an informal adviser to Tom Sherak in his role as LA “film czar.”

Pisano, who most recently served as president of the MPAA, has been helping organize an informal industry committee to devise a strategy to deal with runaway production.

Pisano was one of the names floated to become “film czar” before Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tapped Sherak to the newly created post. Officially, Sherak’s title is senior adviser and director of the mayor’s Entertainment Industry and Production Office.

Pisano served as president and COO of the MPAA from 2005 to 2011, and led the organization as interim CEO after the departure of Dan Glickman in 2010 until Chris Dodd was chosen as his successor in 2011.

Several weeks ago, Sherak had indicated that he seeking counsel from an adviser in the industry, and, mindful of his nickname as “film czar,” dubbed the adviser his “consigliere.”

Pisano also has served as national executive director and CEO of the Screen Actors Guild, vice chairman of MGM, and exec VP and general counsel at Paramount. He is chairman of the board of the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

 

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