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Ganis re-elected to AMPAS post

Academy president nabs third term

Sid Ganis has been re-elected to his third term as prexy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

In the board of governor elections Tuesday night, Robert Rehme, an executives branch governor and past Academy prez, was re-elected first VP; actors branch governor Tom Hanks and music branch governor Charles Bernstein were tapped as veepees; producers branch governor Hawk Koch was named treasurer; and short films and feature animation branch governor Jon Bloom was elected secretary.

Among the activities under Ganis’ leadership in the coming year are plans for the 80th Academy Awards, to be held Feb. 24. Beyond that, the prexy and the board will be working on a slew of projects that reflect “new ideas that are happening all the time here,” as Ganis told Daily Variety.

They include the Academy museum. Though no one is putting a target date on the site, Ganis said they are “steadily moving ahead on the project. It’s a big part of who we will be when it’s up and built.”

The Academy Foundation, which Ganis labeled “a rock in the world of the Academy,” is constantly putting on programs, screenings, exhibits and tributes to filmmakers as well as administering the Nicholl Fellowships and the grants it presents to many arts orgs.

He is also bullish on the joint venture with Library of Congress — a study on the previously unexplored world of digital archiving. Ganis said the Acad will soon unveil its findings on “this very important issue that affects the film industry and many other industries that digitally archive.”

Academy board members serve three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive terms in any one office.

These will be the first officer stints for Bernstein, Koch and Bloom. Hanks has previously served one term each as a vice president and as treasurer, while Rehme has served in various officer posts, including president, a total of 16 terms.

Ganis is in his 21st year as a governor, representing the public relations branch. In 1996, he founded Out of the Blue Entertainment, based on the Sony lot. Before that, he held various positions at Sony Pictures, including vice chairman of Columbia Pictures and prexy of worldwide marketing for Columbia TriStar.

Prior to joining Sony, Ganis served for five years at Paramount Pictures as president of the motion picture group, and before that he was the studio’s president of worldwide marketing. He also did a stint as senior VP of Lucasfilm.

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