The Gold Knight: Producer Hawk Koch elected 34th president of motion picture academyWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
The longtime governor had been the clear frontrunner and becomes a second-generation president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Koch, 66, co-president of the Producers Guild of America, is the son of Howard W. Koch, a director and producer who was president of the Academy from 1977 to 1979. Koch’s father also produced eight Oscar telecasts.The only downside to a Koch presidency is that bylaws will limit his one-year term to one since he has served on the Board for eight years already. However, 10 previous presidents served terms of that length or shorter — three reasons of which include death or resignation.
Koch’s producer credits include “Losing Isaiah” and “Gorky Park.” He recently served as executive producer on “Source Code” and is executive producer on the upcoming “Very Good Girls.”
Part of the producers branch, Koch most recently served as first vice president of the Board. Before that, he served three one-year terms as treasurer and one term as vice president.
The Academy’s Board of Governors elected Koch among its members representing all 15 branches of the organization. After multiple rounds of secret balloting, Koch was the first to cross the 50 percent threshold to be elected.
According to Academy bylaws, the president of the Academy is elected from one of the Board of Governors. The 2012-’13 board members were recently announced and from that list the president will be elected. All members had to be present at the Academy’s Beverly Hills, Calif., headquarters to vote.
Other Board officers were also elected Tuesday. Public Relations Branch governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected first vice president; Producers Branch governor Kathleen Kennedy was elected to one vice president post and Writers Branch governor Phil Robinson was re-elected to the other vice president post; Public Relations Branch governor Rob Friedman was elected treasurer; and Executives Branch governor Robert Rehme was elected secretary.
Outgoing President Tom Sherak, elected in 2009, has completed his final term for the non-profit organization known for the Oscars. He served three years as the unpaid president. The limit is actually four years, but Sherak has served as a governor for nine years now, which is the limit for serving. Governors are allowed a maximum of three consecutive three-year terms and officers, four one-year terms.
The 85th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2012, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.
Toledo Free Press Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com. Watch him discuss movies on “WNWO Today” around 5:50 a.m. on Fridays.