×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Remembers ‘Incredible Fighter’ Tom Sherak

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Tuesday that Tom Sherak was an “incredible advocate and a great friend to Hollywood,” who didn’t really let on how fully serious his illness was “because he always fought and won.”
Garcetti told Variety that he last talked to Sherak on Friday, in a phone conversation where they talked about his plan for addressing runaway production. Garcetti appointed Sherak as the city’s first film czar last fall.
Even though he must have been in “immense pain and suffering,” Garcetti said, Sherak was determined to keep the appointment.
“He was able to continue to move an agenda forward, and put the people and policies in place that I know that we will all benefit from it,” Garcetti said. “Right now, my heart goes out to his many, many friends and family.”
“I can’t think of anyone who was as universally respected and well liked as Tom,” Garcetti added. “He breathed new life to the city’s relationship” to Hollywood.
Sherak last month said that he had completed a plan to address runaway production, which included a strategy for lobbying Sacramento for expanding the state’s tax incentive program. He had an informal committee of industry figures to devise the plan, along with Bob Pisano as an informal adviser and Rajiv Dalal as his deputy. Both are expected to take greater roles in the film office following Sherak’s passing.
“Tom was an incredible fighter and an incredible advocate and a great friend to me and to Hollywood,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti selected Sherak as his first film czar — his official title was senior adviser and director of the Mayor’s Entertainment Industry and Production Office — after a search of several weeks. Sherak later said that when he was approached about the job, Garcetti already had signed off on the choice and he already had been vetted by staff.
When Sherak took the job, he told Variety that the public position was “like a line out of ‘Star Trek’ for me: The last frontier. I know it is not going to be easy. But most things in life are not easy.” Sherak was a supporter of Garcetti’s mayoral bid. He had known Garcetti for several years when he was president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Garcetti was a city councilman from the Hollywood area, and they worked on plans for a new Academy Museum.
At the time of his appointment, Garcetti said that even though Sherak was undergoing cancer treatment, he was “one of the toughest fighters I know and someone who does more in a few hours than most people do in a few weeks.”

More Film

  • Nadine Labaki

    Cannes: Nadine Labaki to Head Un Certain Regard Jury

    Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki has been named president of the jury for Un Certain Regard in Cannes. Related L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Won't Run for President in 2020 Hollywood Sizes Up Field of 2020 Presidential Aspirants The Festival said Labaki had been chosen after “moving hearts and minds at the last Festival de Cannes with [...]

  • Osmosis

    Netflix Unveils Four More French Originals, 'Gims,' 'Anelka,' 'Move,' 'Of Earth And Blood'

    As it prepares to open a fully-staffed office in France and ramp up its investment in local originals, Netflix has unveiled three new documentaries, “Move” (working title), “Gims” (working title), and “Anelka” (working title), and the feature film “Of Earth And Blood” while at Series Mania in Lille. Related L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Won't Run [...]

  • Miramax Developing 'I Won't Be Home

    Film News Roundup: Miramax Developing 'I Won't Be Home for Christmas'

    In today’s film news roundup, “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas” is in the works, the NFL has made a documentary about female team owners and D Street Pictures has signed Kenny Gage and Devon Downs to direct the dance feature “Move.” Related L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Won't Run for President in 2020 Hollywood Sizes [...]

  • Michael B. Jordan arrives at the

    Michael B. Jordan to Star in Warner Bros.' 'Methuselah' Movie

    Michael B. Jordan will produce and star in a “Methuselah” movie for Warner Bros., based on the Biblical story of a man who lived to be 969 years old. Related L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Won't Run for President in 2020 Hollywood Sizes Up Field of 2020 Presidential Aspirants Jordan will produce through his Outlier Society [...]

  • Davids Chief Piera Detassis on Revamping

    Davids Chief Piera Detassis on Revamping Italy's Top Film Awards

    Piera Detassis recently became the first woman to head the David di Donatello Awards, Italy’s equivalent of the Oscars. Since then she’s been busy overhauling the inner workings of the prizes that will be awarded on Wednesday. Detassis, also the editor of Italian film publication Ciak, spoke exclusively to Variety about the challenges she’s faced [...]

  • Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' Leads Davids Awards

    Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' Leads Davids Awards Race

    With 15 nominations Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman” leads the pack of contenders for Italy’s David di Donatello Awards in a watershed year for the country’s top film nods that sees highbrow auteur titles reaping most of the David love just as local box-office grosses hit an all-time low. Related L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Won't Run for [...]

  • steven spielberg Apple TV Plus

    Steven Spielberg's Apple Appearance Riles Up Social Media: 'Big Old Mixed Message'

    Many Hollywood heavyweights flocked to Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. headquarters to help reveal the tech giant’s revamped steaming service Apple TV+ on Monday — but one such legend was so polarizing he became a national trending topic on Twitter for simply showing his face. Related L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Won't Run for President in 2020 Hollywood [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content