The Gold Knight: Ohio native at Academy gets promotionWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio native Randy Haberkamp, whom The Gold Knight profiled in February, has been promoted at the motion picture academy to the newly created position of Managing Director, Programming, Education and Preservation. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences COO Ric Robertson, to whom Haberkamp will directly report, announced the promotion on April 11.
Haberkamp, a Bowling Green State University alumnus, was previously the director of educational programs and special projects at the Academy, which puts on the Oscars, holding the position since 2003. During Oscar season, Haberkamp, like other Academy employees, took on other projects to help out with the nonprofit organization’s biggest revenue maker: the Oscars. Some of his projects included the nominees’ luncheon, the Meet the Oscars exhibition and the official Academy Awards program. His projects also included organizing the Animated Feature Symposium and Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Symposium.
“Randy’s track record of creative programming, coupled with his expertise as a film historian, makes him perfectly suited for this position,” said Robertson in the press release. “His leadership will be invaluable as we continue to develop compelling programs, initiatives and events that celebrate the movies.”
In his new position, Haberkamp will oversee the Academy Film Archive and the Margaret Herrick Library, two leading preservation and research institutions with collections from industry icons, including Cecil B. DeMille, Alfred Hitchcock, Edith Head, Saul Bass, Katharine Hepburn, Jim Henson and Sydney Pollack. Collections also include more than 146,000 film and video assets, 80,000 screenplays and 10 million photographs.
Haberkamp will also assume responsibility for the organization’s more than 100 annual public programs in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and London, and oversee $1 million in institutional and film festival grants, as well as the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program.
Supervising a combined staff of nearly 120, Haberkamp will “coordinate strategic collaboration of departments and work in tandem with the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures development team.”
Haberkamp is from New Knoxville, Ohio, a village southwest of Lima, nestled near St. Marys to the northwest and Wapakoneta to the northeast.
In 2001, a job opened at the Academy for film programming; Haberkamp applied.
“I was lucky enough to get the job and have been here for 10 years now,” he said of the Academy, during an interview in January with Toledo Free Press.
When the new year begins, it is “a very busy time” for Haberkamp.
One of his favorite projects to work on is the Meet the Oscars exhibition. This year, visitors of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal were able to hold an Oscar statuette and have their picture taken with it.
“There is something about watching people step up and pick up the Oscar that I find immensely satisfying,” he said. “It’s fun to see people get all excited and see where that statuette takes them mentally.”
Prior to the Academy, Haberkamp spent 14 years at CBS. He worked his way up through the program coordination department to become manager, before being promoted to director of feature films in January 1992.
Toledo Free Press Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com.