The Television Academy has named Frank Scherma chairman and CEO. Co-founder and president of RadicalMedia, Scherma replaces Hayma Washington, who — as Variety reported exclusively last month — is stepping down after one term as head of the organization.
“As our industry continues to evolve faster than ever, I am committed to ensuring that the Television Academy is at the forefront of this growth,” Scherma said. “Television is more exciting than ever, and I look forward to the new adventures and challenges we will face. I’m excited and humbled to take up this mantle.”
Scherma’s two-year term as head of the organization, which oversees the Primetime Emmy Awards, begins Jan. 1. He is a longtime member of the Academy’s leadership, and served most recently as vice-chair of the board of governors. Previously he served as second vice chair for the board of governors, as well as commercials peer group governor. His company, RadicalMedia, has produced series such as “Mars” for National Geographic and “Stan Against Evil” for IFC.
Scherma is also on the board of ThinkLA, a nonprofit focused on local media, marketing, entertainment and advertising communities in Los Angeles. He was a founding board member of the Entertainment Industry Development Corporation.
The Academy on Friday also announced its officers for 2019-20. Among them are Steve Venezia, vice chair; Tim Gibbons, second vice chair; Sharon Lieblein, secretary; Allison Binder, Tteasurer; and Mitch Waldow, Los Angeles area vice chair. Scherma and the newly elected officers will serve through the end of 2020.