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August 1, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Hawk Koch remembers sitting with his family at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1989 and watching as his father, Hollywood producer Howard W. Koch, received the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscars. The elder Koch had served as academy president in the 1970s and had worked on films as diverse as"The Manchurian Candidate"and "Airplane. " He addressed his son - who by then had produced "Gorky Park" and had served as first assistant director on"Chinatown" - from the dais.
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October 25, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Iranians have been portrayed on the big screen as pre-Revolution radicals in “Argo,” scary, bare-chested villains in “300” and video game characters come to life in “Prince of Persia.” While these depictions can be entertaining, they're hardly the only ones out there. Disseminating alternative perspectives is the goal of the annual Noor Iranian Film Festival . The week-long gathering, which wrapped up its sixth year on Thursday, showcased a wide variety of films by Iranians - ranging from documentaries on Iran-Iraq War veterans who suffered from chemical bomb exposure (“The Skin That Burns”)
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August 1, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling and Julie Makinen
Hawk Koch became president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences on Tuesday night, following in the footsteps of his father, Howard W. Koch. Hawk Koch's given name was Howard W. Koch Jr., but as he neared age 50, he decided to make a change. The younger Koch recalled the story in a 2000 interview with the L.A. Times, a year before his father -- who was a well-known Hollywood producer, director and Motion Picture Academy president -- passed away. As he approached his big 5-0, the younger Koch had an epiphany.
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July 27, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
This post has been updated. See below for details. Two candidates have emerged as the clear favorites to become the new board president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Lionsgate Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-Chairman Rob Friedman and veteran studio publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs. On Tuesday night the 48 members of the academy's board of governors will meet to choose a replacement for one-term president Hawk Koch, who served only a year on the job because of term limits.
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May 1, 2000 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Let's cut to the chase. His name is Hawk. For most of his life, he was known in Hollywood as Howard W. Koch Jr., working his way up the career ladder on such notable films as "The Way We Were," "Rosemary's Baby," "Chinatown," "Barefoot in the Park" and "Heaven Can Wait," then co-producing films like "Gorky Park," "The Pope of Greenwich Village" and "The Keep." But as the son and namesake of veteran filmmaker and onetime Paramount Pictures studio chief Howard W.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Few issues are as thorny in Hollywood as who gets producer credits — and who deserves to get them. When five producers rushed onstage to accept the best picture award for "Shakespeare in Love" in 1999, a flap ensued and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to limit future nominations to no more than three producers. To tighten the rules further, the Producers of Guild of America also adopted a "Code of Credits" in 2003, a set of job descriptions and rules for resolving disputes over who is entitled to the ubiquitous "produced by" credit.
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February 26, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Top female lawmakers in the California Legislature said Wednesday that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “struck a new low in its treatment of women” by choosing controversial comedian Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars ceremony on Sunday. MacFarlane's jokes “reduced our finest female actresses to caricatures and stereotypes, degrading women as a whole and the filmmaking industry itself,” wrote Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)
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October 25, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Iranians have been portrayed on the big screen as pre-Revolution radicals in “Argo,” scary, bare-chested villains in “300” and video game characters come to life in “Prince of Persia.” While these depictions can be entertaining, they're hardly the only ones out there. Disseminating alternative perspectives is the goal of the annual Noor Iranian Film Festival . The week-long gathering, which wrapped up its sixth year on Thursday, showcased a wide variety of films by Iranians - ranging from documentaries on Iran-Iraq War veterans who suffered from chemical bomb exposure (“The Skin That Burns”)
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August 23, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been preparing to produce the Oscars for a decade. First the New York-born, L.A.-based duo, best known for producing stage-to-screen musicals such as "Hairspray," "The Music Man" and "Annie," would casually discuss how they would do the Academy Awards show should they ever land the gig. Those conversations turned into serious brainstorming sessions during which they would solidify specific concepts for the big night....
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February 17, 2001 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Veteran producer-director Howard W. Koch, onetime president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and former head of production at Paramount Pictures, died Friday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 84. As a producer, he counted the classic 1962 film "The Manchurian Candidate" among his credits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Top female lawmakers in the California Legislature said Wednesday that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “struck a new low in its treatment of women” by choosing controversial comedian Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars ceremony on Sunday. MacFarlane's jokes “reduced our finest female actresses to caricatures and stereotypes, degrading women as a whole and the filmmaking industry itself,” wrote Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)
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August 23, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been preparing to produce the Oscars for a decade. First the New York-born, L.A.-based duo, best known for producing stage-to-screen musicals such as "Hairspray," "The Music Man" and "Annie," would casually discuss how they would do the Academy Awards show should they ever land the gig. Those conversations turned into serious brainstorming sessions during which they would solidify specific concepts for the big night....
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August 8, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Jimmy Fallon says it's an honor to be nominated … but, as he put it in an awkward exchange with Matt Lauer on Wednesday morning on the “Today” show, he's “not going to do the Oscars.” And since newly elected film academy president Hawk Koch has repeatedly said that finding a new Oscar host and producer rates as his top priority, we thought we'd offer a few suggestions so he can cross that item off his to-do list and move on to other things....
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August 1, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Hawk Koch remembers sitting with his family at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1989 and watching as his father, Hollywood producer Howard W. Koch, received the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscars. The elder Koch had served as academy president in the 1970s and had worked on films as diverse as"The Manchurian Candidate"and "Airplane. " He addressed his son - who by then had produced "Gorky Park" and had served as first assistant director on"Chinatown" - from the dais.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling and Julie Makinen
Hawk Koch became president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences on Tuesday night, following in the footsteps of his father, Howard W. Koch. Hawk Koch's given name was Howard W. Koch Jr., but as he neared age 50, he decided to make a change. The younger Koch recalled the story in a 2000 interview with the L.A. Times, a year before his father -- who was a well-known Hollywood producer, director and Motion Picture Academy president -- passed away. As he approached his big 5-0, the younger Koch had an epiphany.
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July 25, 2012 | By Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
The best thing you can say about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is that it's impossible to imagine it ever being investigated for campaign finance violations. While our two political parties are expected to each spend nearly a billion dollars in negative advertising to elect a president this November, the academy's upcoming presidential election proceeds with polite, almost quaint, rules. Next Tuesday, someone will be named as the academy's new president, succeeding Tom Sherak, who is termed out after three productive years as chief.
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August 8, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Jimmy Fallon says it's an honor to be nominated … but, as he put it in an awkward exchange with Matt Lauer on Wednesday morning on the “Today” show, he's “not going to do the Oscars.” And since newly elected film academy president Hawk Koch has repeatedly said that finding a new Oscar host and producer rates as his top priority, we thought we'd offer a few suggestions so he can cross that item off his to-do list and move on to other things....
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
This post has been updated. See below for details. Two candidates have emerged as the clear favorites to become the new board president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Lionsgate Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-Chairman Rob Friedman and veteran studio publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs. On Tuesday night the 48 members of the academy's board of governors will meet to choose a replacement for one-term president Hawk Koch, who served only a year on the job because of term limits.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Few issues are as thorny in Hollywood as who gets producer credits — and who deserves to get them. When five producers rushed onstage to accept the best picture award for "Shakespeare in Love" in 1999, a flap ensued and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to limit future nominations to no more than three producers. To tighten the rules further, the Producers of Guild of America also adopted a "Code of Credits" in 2003, a set of job descriptions and rules for resolving disputes over who is entitled to the ubiquitous "produced by" credit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2001 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Veteran producer-director Howard W. Koch, onetime president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and former head of production at Paramount Pictures, died Friday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 84. As a producer, he counted the classic 1962 film "The Manchurian Candidate" among his credits.
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