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August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Producer Hawk Koch, whose father, the late Howard Koch, served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1977-79 and produced the Oscar telecast eight times, is the new Academy president. He will succeed Tom Sherak, whose term was up after three years. He himself can serve only one year, since Academy presidents must be chosen from the 42-member board of governors, and there is a nine-year term limit for board members. In an interview with TheWrap.com, Koch said that his first order of business is to select a producer for next year’s Oscars presentations and a host for the show. Another priority, he said, is to raise $100 million to build an Academy museum. In order to focus his efforts on his new job, Koch also resigned as co-president of the Producers Guild of America.