Bob Pisano elected chairman of MPTF

Will also continue in MPAA position

MPAA interim chief Bob Pisano has been elected as chairman of the corporate board of the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

Pisano will continue in his MPAA position.

At the MPTF, he succeeds Frank Mancuso, with whom he served as COO of MGM when Mancuso was CEO of the Lion. The veteran executives also worked together at Paramount.

Bob Beitcher remains interim CEO of the MPTF, which runs a large retirement community in Woodland Hills and also maintains a fundraising board chaired by DreamWorks Animation topper Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Mancuso, who has served as chairman of the MPTF's corporate board since 2003, will continue to serve on the board for at least two more years in the official capacity of immediate past chair.

"On behalf of the Board and the entire MPTF organization, I want to express profound appreciation to Frank Mancuso for his dedicated service as Chairman," Beitcher said. "Frank led the Fund through a difficult period during which health care and its future became the critical social issue not only for the country but for the Fund and our industry as well. Because of his leadership, we are better positioned today than ever before to meet future challenges."

Said Mancuso: "We are very fortunate to have found an individual with the unique combination of experience, dedication, integrity and compassion to take on this responsibility. Bob Pisano understands what this organization means to the entertainment industry, and I cannot think of a more qualified person to lead MPTF forward."

Pisano first was elected to the MPTF board in 2003. In his new leadership role on the board, he will help steer the MPTF's transition to more community-based health services.

The organization's planned closure of a hospital located on its retirement campus has stirred controversy, but the MPTF remains committed to the move and the expansion of home-based services.