As the TV Academy draws on new leaders under the direction of chairman Bruce Rosenblum, the org has reupped Alan Perris in the top paid position of chief operating officer.
The new contract will keep Perris overseeing the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ day-to-day activities through 2013.
Perris also supervises execs in charge of all key departments as well as the Acad’s foundation, and will also help drive new projects. He reports to chairman Rosenblum and the TV Acad and its exec committee, as well as to ATAS Foundation board chairman Jerry Petry and its board.
“Television is my passion,” Perris said, “and I feel proud of what our staff, elected leadership and I have accomplished over the past six years to recognize and encourage excellence in the television industry. I am excited about working with Bruce, the board of governors and the Academy staff over the next two years and focusing on many transformative initiatives for our organization.”
Perris is the former senior veep of firstrun programming at Sony and Warner Bros.’ Telepictures, where he worked with Rosenblum, prexy of Warner Bros. Television Group. He has also been prexy of station group production companies at Scripps-Howard and Post-Newsweek, senior programming veep at Hallmark Channel and prexy/g.m. of local stations in Jacksonville, Fla. and Miami.
In his first few months in the elected post of chairman, Rosenblum has recruited a host of industry leaders to serve on the org’s exec committee: Berman Braun partner Gail Berman, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, CAA’s Steven Lafferty, Sony Pictures TV prexy Steve Mosko, 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden and hyphenate Ryan Murphy.
Rosenblum is the highest-ranking exec to head the organization, which presides over the primetime Emmy Awards, since then-Walt Disney Studios chief Richard Frank in the 1990s.