Television Academy Names Frank Scherma New Chairman and CEO

Frank Scherma
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Scherma replaces outgoing chairman Hayma Washington and will be tasked with reviving interest, and TV ratings, for the Academy's flagging Primetime Emmy Awards.

The Television Academy has elected producer Frank Scherma its new chairman and CEO. Scherma's two-year term starts January 1, 2019.

He succeeds Hayma Washington, who has served since 2017 and previously announced he would not be seeking a second term.

An award-winning TV executive, Scherma is co-founder and president of RadicalMedia, which is behind National Geographic's sci-fi drama series Mars and IFC's Stan Against Evil, among other projects.

As the new boss of the TV academy, one of Scherma's main tasks will be to revive interest, and boost flagging viewership, for the Primetime Emmy Awards, the Academy's premiere marquee television event. Ratings for the 70th Emmy Awards hit an all-time low of just 10.21 million viewers on NBC.

Scherma is no stranger to the Academy, having served as an officer of the board of governors as the vice chair for the 2017-2018 term. He previously served as the second vice chair for the board of governors and did several turns as commercials peer group governor. Scherma has sat on numerous Academy committees, including the Creative Arts Emmy Awards show committee, the membership committee and the digital strategy committee, among others.

The Academy also announced its newly elected officers and governors who will serve on the board for the 2019-2020 term. These include: Steve Venezia, vice chair; Tim Gibbons, second vice chair; Sharon Lieblein, secretary; Allison Binder, treasurer; and Mitch Waldow, Los Angeles area vice chair.

Nov. 16, 8:10 a.m. This story originally stated that Bob Bergen had been named second vice chair. Tim Gibbons was actually appointed to this position. The Hollywood Reporter regrets the error.