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Motion Picture Academy names new president

August 19, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a new president.The Board of Governors has elected longtime executive Tom Sherak to head the Academy. He is the organization's treasurer this year.

Sherak succeeds Sid Ganis who has served the maximum number of consecutive one-year terms.

Sherak is a consultant with Marvel Studios. He was previously a partner at Revolution Studios where he oversaw the release of more than 40 films, including "Black Hawk Down," "Anger Management", "Rent" and "Across the Universe."

Sherak also held a series of executive positions at Twentieth Century Fox, where he was chairman of its Domestic Film Group, and senior executive vice president of Fox Filmed Entertainment.

Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks was elected as the Academy's first vice president.

City News Service Contributed to the story.

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