Sherak Elected as New Academy President

Industry veteran Tom Sherak was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday by the org’s Board of Governors. Sherak succeeds Sid Ganis, who served the maximum four consecutive one-year terms in the position.

Actors Branch governor Tom Hanks was elected first vice president; Producers Branch governor Kathleen Kennedy and Writers Branch governor Phil Robinson were elected to vice presidents posts; Producers Branch governor Hawk Koch was elected treasurer; and Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor John Lasseter was elected secretary. Ganis, representing the Public Relations Branch, will serve as immediate past president.

Previously, Sherak was a partner at Revolution Studios where he oversaw the release of more than 40 films including Black Hawk Down, Anger Management and Rent. Prior to joining Revolution, Sherak was chairman of Twentieth Century Domestic Film Group and served as senior executive vice president of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Previously, he held various positions at Fox, including senior executive vice president, where he oversaw the distribution and post-production of Mrs. Doubtfire, Speed and Independence Day.