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July 23, 2012 | By Susan King
Writer-director Frank Pierson, who died Sunday at age 87, wasn't a household name. But the Oscar winner and former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was a filmmaker of notable intelligence and insight -- not to mention stamina. He was actively working as a consultant on AMC's"Mad Men" and even wrote one of this past season's scripts with creator Matthew Weiner. And anybody who interviewed him or got to spend time with him found him to be warm, friendly and not afraid to voice his opinions.
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January 28, 2014 | By David Colker
Tom Sherak had a long career as a studio executive and was involved in hundreds of films, including "Black Hawk Down," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. " But Sherak is best known for the jobs he did for free or almost free. For three years ending in 2012, he was outspoken president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, , during which he launched initiatives but also had to deal with public controversies, including the replacement of the producer and host of an Oscar show.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Academy award-winning screenwriter Frank Pierson, who recently served as the 31st president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, died Sunday evening at Cedars Sinai hospital, according to his manager Susan Landau. He was 87. Pierson, who won his Oscar in 1976 for his "Dog Day Afternoon"screenplay, spent many years of his career in service to the Hollywood organizations that made him a success. He served as the president of the Writers Guild of America for two distinct terms, taught at the Sundance Institute, was an adjunct professor at USC's film school and was the artistic director of the American Film Institute.
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February 25, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Among the year-in, year-out Oscar certainties is that the “In Memoriam” tribute segment for those who have passed away in the previous year will spark conversation both about those who are included - as well as those who are left out. George Clooney concluded his introduction of the montage by saying, “So for those friends who are on this list tonight, and many others who aren't, we thank you for the memories. " Perhaps the biggest names among the more than 40 included in the segment were actors Ernest Borgnine, Jack Klugman and Charles Durning, writer-director Nora Ephron, director Tony Scott, producer Richard Zanuck and writer-director and former academy president Frank Pierson.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2010 | By Susan King
"Ed Wood" and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" co-writer Larry Karaszewski will present an evening with Oscar-winning screenwriter-director Frank Pierson tonight at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre. The program begins with the 1975 film classic "Dog Day Afternoon," directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino, for which Pierson won the screenplay Oscar. Pierson will discuss it after the screening. Rounding out the programming is a free showing of the 1992 HBO biopic "Citizen Cohn," which Pierson directed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
A writer for as long as he could remember, Frank Pierson penned his most famous line, "What we've got here is failure to communicate," decades ago for the 1967 script "Cool Hand Luke. " At the time, he thought there was no way such a refined line would be allowed to be uttered by the redneck crew captain who has just taught Paul Newman's Luke a brutal lesson. To ensure the line stayed in, Pierson wrote an entire biography for the captain, one he never needed to use because no one ever questioned the quote that has since become one of the most iconic in movie history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By David Colker
Tom Sherak had a long career as a studio executive and was involved in hundreds of films, including "Black Hawk Down," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. " But Sherak is best known for the jobs he did for free or almost free. For three years ending in 2012, he was outspoken president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, , during which he launched initiatives but also had to deal with public controversies, including the replacement of the producer and host of an Oscar show.
NEWS
August 12, 2004
Oscar-winning screenwriter/director Frank Pierson has been re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
BUSINESS
September 24, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Pierson Wins Writers Guild West Vote: Frank Pierson was elected president of the guild, which represents film and television writers. Pierson collected 1,130 votes to 583 for his opponent, Irma Kalish. Pierson, who was guild president from 1981 to 1983, was elected to succeed Del Reisman. Contract negotiations for guild members are to start in 1995.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced Wednesday that screenwriter Robin Swicord ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") has been elected to the board of governors, representing the writers branch. She fills the seat vacated by Frank Pierson, who died in July. Swicord joins fellow writers branch governors  Bill Condon and Phil Robinson. She will remain on the board until the next election, scheduled for July 2013. Swicord earned an Oscar nomination in the adapted screenplay category for her work on "Benjamin Button.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced Wednesday that screenwriter Robin Swicord ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") has been elected to the board of governors, representing the writers branch. She fills the seat vacated by Frank Pierson, who died in July. Swicord joins fellow writers branch governors  Bill Condon and Phil Robinson. She will remain on the board until the next election, scheduled for July 2013. Swicord earned an Oscar nomination in the adapted screenplay category for her work on "Benjamin Button.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
A writer for as long as he could remember, Frank Pierson penned his most famous line, "What we've got here is failure to communicate," decades ago for the 1967 script "Cool Hand Luke. " At the time, he thought there was no way such a refined line would be allowed to be uttered by the redneck crew captain who has just taught Paul Newman's Luke a brutal lesson. To ensure the line stayed in, Pierson wrote an entire biography for the captain, one he never needed to use because no one ever questioned the quote that has since become one of the most iconic in movie history.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Academy award-winning screenwriter Frank Pierson, who recently served as the 31st president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, died Sunday evening at Cedars Sinai hospital, according to his manager Susan Landau. He was 87. Pierson, who won his Oscar in 1976 for his "Dog Day Afternoon"screenplay, spent many years of his career in service to the Hollywood organizations that made him a success. He served as the president of the Writers Guild of America for two distinct terms, taught at the Sundance Institute, was an adjunct professor at USC's film school and was the artistic director of the American Film Institute.
NEWS
July 23, 2012 | By Susan King
Writer-director Frank Pierson, who died Sunday at age 87, wasn't a household name. But the Oscar winner and former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was a filmmaker of notable intelligence and insight -- not to mention stamina. He was actively working as a consultant on AMC's"Mad Men" and even wrote one of this past season's scripts with creator Matthew Weiner. And anybody who interviewed him or got to spend time with him found him to be warm, friendly and not afraid to voice his opinions.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2010 | By Susan King
"Ed Wood" and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" co-writer Larry Karaszewski will present an evening with Oscar-winning screenwriter-director Frank Pierson tonight at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre. The program begins with the 1975 film classic "Dog Day Afternoon," directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino, for which Pierson won the screenplay Oscar. Pierson will discuss it after the screening. Rounding out the programming is a free showing of the 1992 HBO biopic "Citizen Cohn," which Pierson directed.
NEWS
August 12, 2004
Oscar-winning screenwriter/director Frank Pierson has been re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Among the year-in, year-out Oscar certainties is that the “In Memoriam” tribute segment for those who have passed away in the previous year will spark conversation both about those who are included - as well as those who are left out. George Clooney concluded his introduction of the montage by saying, “So for those friends who are on this list tonight, and many others who aren't, we thank you for the memories. " Perhaps the biggest names among the more than 40 included in the segment were actors Ernest Borgnine, Jack Klugman and Charles Durning, writer-director Nora Ephron, director Tony Scott, producer Richard Zanuck and writer-director and former academy president Frank Pierson.
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September 12, 1990 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, TIMES ARTS EDITOR
Frank Pierson, who directed HBO's tough drama about capital punishment, "Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture," which airs again tonight on HBO, was a magazine journalist, working in Life magazine's Beverly Hills office, when he decided in the mid-'50s to try his hand at script-writing. It was the family trade; his mother had been a writer at Warner Bros. Pierson took his $7,000 in profit-sharing and made it last two years. He grew a beard and sold nary a word.
BUSINESS
September 24, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Pierson Wins Writers Guild West Vote: Frank Pierson was elected president of the guild, which represents film and television writers. Pierson collected 1,130 votes to 583 for his opponent, Irma Kalish. Pierson, who was guild president from 1981 to 1983, was elected to succeed Del Reisman. Contract negotiations for guild members are to start in 1995.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 1990 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, TIMES ARTS EDITOR
Frank Pierson, who directed HBO's tough drama about capital punishment, "Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture," which airs again tonight on HBO, was a magazine journalist, working in Life magazine's Beverly Hills office, when he decided in the mid-'50s to try his hand at script-writing. It was the family trade; his mother had been a writer at Warner Bros. Pierson took his $7,000 in profit-sharing and made it last two years. He grew a beard and sold nary a word.
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