Alan Perris

The COO spent eight years at the Academy and its Foundation

Alan Perris, chief operating officer of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, will retire at the end of the year after logging eight years with the Academy and its Foundation.

Perris announced his retirement to the Academy’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors in February. The group has yet to tap a successor.

“Over the past eight years, Alan has provided the expert leadership required to grow and change the Academy for the better,” said Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum. “We thank him for his hard work and service during his time at the Television Academy.”

During his time as COO, Perris aided in the creation of the annual TV Academy Honors, and helped strengthen the Academy’s financial end.

“Throughout Alan’s tenure,” said Jerry Petry, chairman of the Academy Foundation, “the Foundation has generated increased growth which has brought more awareness and funding support for the Foundation’s programs and initiatives, including the College Television Awards, Student Internship and the Archive of American Television, to name a few.”

Perris joined the TV Academy after a career in the biz that began with local TV in Florida, before moving into national television where he served as senior veep of first-run programming at Sony Pictures TV and Warner Bros. Perris then went on to oversee programming at Hallmark’s cable net, and served as exec v.p. of biz development at Entertainment Media Works.

“It has truly been a pleasure to head up these two fine staffs representing the iconic brand of television excellence, the Emmy,” Perris said. “I look back with great pride over my 47 years in this wonderful industry, and now will pursue the things I love including spending time with family, friends and improving my golf game.”

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