You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

ATAS director Loper to exit

Exec to remain as consult, Jellinek to handle day-to-day

James Loper, the 15-year executive director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the ATAS Foundation, will officially resign from his post Dec. 31, but will remain as a consultant for most of 1999.

The move, which has generated considerable controversy among some longtime Academy insiders, comes after the majority of the ATAS executive committee voted not to renew Loper’s contract (Daily Variety, July 21).

Some members of the executive committee felt the vote on Loper’s removal was railroaded through with no discussion after ATAS president Meryl Marshall had convinced her supporters on the committee to vote for Loper to go. There is also fear and anger among ATAS staffers that more changes may be on the way.

ATAS has established a search committee to choose a successor to Loper, but in the meantime, sources say the top-ranking employee under Loper, CFO Herb Jellinek, will likely be appointed to handle Loper’s day-to-day duties.

More TV

  • Millie Bobby Brown'Stranger Things' TV show

    'Stranger Things': Millie Bobby Brown Hopes for a Hopper and Joyce Romance in Season 3

    James Loper, the 15-year executive director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the ATAS Foundation, will officially resign from his post Dec. 31, but will remain as a consultant for most of 1999. The move, which has generated considerable controversy among some longtime Academy insiders, comes after the majority of the ATAS […]

  • Craig Zadan dead

    Hollywood Mourns Producer Craig Zadan: 'He Had Music and Dance in His Soul'

    James Loper, the 15-year executive director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the ATAS Foundation, will officially resign from his post Dec. 31, but will remain as a consultant for most of 1999. The move, which has generated considerable controversy among some longtime Academy insiders, comes after the majority of the ATAS […]

  • Craig Zadan dead

    Craig Zadan, Prolific Stage, TV, and Film Producer, Dies at 69

    James Loper, the 15-year executive director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the ATAS Foundation, will officially resign from his post Dec. 31, but will remain as a consultant for most of 1999. The move, which has generated considerable controversy among some longtime Academy insiders, comes after the majority of the ATAS […]

  • Streamers Prep Pre-Emmys Series Dump

    Streamers Slate Series Dump Ahead of Emmy Awards

    James Loper, the 15-year executive director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the ATAS Foundation, will officially resign from his post Dec. 31, but will remain as a consultant for most of 1999. The move, which has generated considerable controversy among some longtime Academy insiders, comes after the majority of the ATAS […]

  • Nne Ebong

    Nne Ebong Exits as ABC Studios' Head of Drama Development

    James Loper, the 15-year executive director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the ATAS Foundation, will officially resign from his post Dec. 31, but will remain as a consultant for most of 1999. The move, which has generated considerable controversy among some longtime Academy insiders, comes after the majority of the ATAS […]

  • Brendan FraserA&E Network Upfront, New York,

    'Doom Patrol' Series Adds Brendan Fraser

    James Loper, the 15-year executive director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the ATAS Foundation, will officially resign from his post Dec. 31, but will remain as a consultant for most of 1999. The move, which has generated considerable controversy among some longtime Academy insiders, comes after the majority of the ATAS […]

  • SAG-AFTRA Accuses Companies of Commercial Contract

    SAG-AFTRA Accuses Four Companies of Commercial Contract Violations

    James Loper, the 15-year executive director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the ATAS Foundation, will officially resign from his post Dec. 31, but will remain as a consultant for most of 1999. The move, which has generated considerable controversy among some longtime Academy insiders, comes after the majority of the ATAS […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content