AFI chief Hewison resigns


SYDNEY -- Australian Film Institute CEO James Hewison resigned unexpectedly Wednesday.

Hewison took the reins at the institute in August 2006 and oversaw the last two AFI Awards presentations, long regarded as the premier awards events in Australian film and television.

Hewison gave no reason for the resignation, describing his time at the organization as "a remarkable, invigorating and challenging time for me," but it represents another departure in a revolving door of AFI CEO's. Hewison's predecessor, Geoffrey Williams, lasted just one year in the job.

Hewison's move comes as the Melbourne-based screen culture organization readies to celebrate its half-century this year.

Said AFI chair Morry Schwartz: "The AFI is in a stronger position now than when James started. He leaves the organization in great shape for this, our 50th year. I will miss working with him. The board and I wish him well."