Tom Sherak re-elected AMPAS president

Board of governors approves second one-year term

Tom Sherak has been re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization's board of governors.

During its monthly meeting Tuesday, the board approved a second consecutive one-year term for Sherak, a governor of its executives branch.

Sid Ganis, who served four consecutive terms as Academy president from 2005-09, is back in the mix, elected to the post of first vp, where he succeeds Tom Hanks, who held that position during the past year.

James L. Brooks, of the writers branch, and Annette Bening, of the actors branch, were elected as officers for the first time.

Brooks was named a vp with fellow writer Phil Robinson, who was re-elected to the other vp slot. Bening was elected secretary.

Hawk Koch, a producers branch governor, was re-elected as treasurer.

Academy officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive terms in any one office. In addition to Hanks, the outgoing officers, who all remain on the board of governors, include producer Kathleen Kennedy, who held a vp post for two terms, and animator John Lasseter, who was secretary.

Sherak's re-election came as no surprise because he already has begun work on one of the most pressing chores of any Academy president: overseeing the annual Oscar show. In June, he selected Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer as producers of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, which are set for Feb. 27.
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