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August 3, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis was approached to produce next year's Oscars telecast with "Saturday Night Live" veteran Lorne Michaels, according to two sources with knowledge of the academy's negotiations. Earlier this week, word emerged that Michaels had been asked to produce the February ceremony with comedian Jimmy Fallon hosting, but sources said ABC, which broadcasts the Oscars, had raised objections to having the late-night star from rival NBC play emcee on one of the year's most-watched shows.
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April 18, 2013 | By John Horn
Paramount Pictures will cast Chinese roles for its upcoming “Transformers 4” through a reality television show in the world's most populous nation, the studio announced Thursday. The sequel, set for release next summer and directed by Michael Bay, previously was announced as a coproduction between the American studio and China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises. Known as “'Transformers 4' Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show,” the competition will select four actors for the film: two professionals and two amateurs.    The competition is scheduled to start this June and will be judged by Jiaflix producer Sid Ganis, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; Lorenzo DiBonaventura, the producer of the “Transformers” sequel; casting director Denise Chamian; and Paramount marketing and distribution executive Megan Colligan.
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June 13, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
In his newest Hollywood role, Sid Ganis has gone from promoting the Oscars to pitching a sprawling film studio complex in China. In an interview, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences predicted that Wuxi Studio outside of Shanghai will become a magnet for Hollywood productions within a few years. "It took 100 years for our industry to evolve and our studios to be working at full capacity," said Ganis, a consultant and honorary chairman for Wuxi.
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April 2, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Paramount Pictures has signed a co-production deal with two Chinese entities for its "Transformers 4" and will film part of the action movie in China. Paramount's deal was signed Monday with China Movie Channel, which is operated by the country's State Administration of Radio Film and Television, and Jiaflix Enterprises. As part of the arrangement, the Michael Bay-directed film will include Chinese actors and be partly shot in China. At least some of the project's post-production work could also be done in China.  PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments "I look forward to working with China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises to help reach more people here and deepen their passion for this ongoing story and its characters,” Bay said in a statement.
BUSINESS
March 24, 1992 | ALAN CITRON
In a move to bolster its marketing operation, Columbia Pictures on Monday named Sid Ganis president of marketing and distribution. Ganis was executive vice president of communications at Columbia's parent, Sony Pictures Entertainment. The move follows weeks of speculation about a possible marketing division change at Columbia, which had two recent box office flops in "Radio Flyer" and "Gladiator."
NEWS
August 25, 2005 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
VETERAN producer and former studio chief Sid Ganis has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the 29th president in a line that stretches back to Douglas Fairbanks and the birth of the Oscars. Ganis was elected Tuesday night by the organization's board of governors, succeeding writer-director Frank Pierson, who had served the maximum four consecutive one-year terms.
NEWS
August 16, 2007
Screening: The show is called "Pushing Daisies" and deals with a man who can bring back the dead, so ABC has decided to screen the premiere of the fall drama series at Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 8 tonight. Oscar chief: The governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have elected Sid Ganis to serve his third consecutive term as president.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Film executive Tom Sherak has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The academy's board of governors elected the entertainment-industry veteran Tuesday. Sherak, 64, an executive with more than four decades in the movie business, had served as treasurer for the last year. Now working as a consultant with Marvel Studios, Sherak was a partner in Revolution Studios, held various positions at Fox and worked at Paramount. He succeeds Sid Ganis, who was termed out after four years as president.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2013 | By John Horn
Paramount Pictures will cast Chinese roles for its upcoming “Transformers 4” through a reality television show in the world's most populous nation, the studio announced Thursday. The sequel, set for release next summer and directed by Michael Bay, previously was announced as a coproduction between the American studio and China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises. Known as “'Transformers 4' Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show,” the competition will select four actors for the film: two professionals and two amateurs.    The competition is scheduled to start this June and will be judged by Jiaflix producer Sid Ganis, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; Lorenzo DiBonaventura, the producer of the “Transformers” sequel; casting director Denise Chamian; and Paramount marketing and distribution executive Megan Colligan.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1993
Jack Mathews made a string of avoidable errors in his commentary, and The Times compounded the problem with phenomenally misdirected headline writing ("Mark Canton's Wrongheaded Chant," April 18). Neither party can claim ignorance about the basis for Mathews' article, which is the Columbia chairman's ShoWest keynote speech (it was sent to every leading journalist, including Mathews and his editors at The Times). Let's start with the headline, which had little to do with the content of Mathews' story and was worthy only of a tabloid.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis was approached to produce next year's Oscars telecast with "Saturday Night Live" veteran Lorne Michaels, according to two sources with knowledge of the academy's negotiations. Earlier this week, word emerged that Michaels had been asked to produce the February ceremony with comedian Jimmy Fallon hosting, but sources said ABC, which broadcasts the Oscars, had raised objections to having the late-night star from rival NBC play emcee on one of the year's most-watched shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
In his newest Hollywood role, Sid Ganis has gone from promoting the Oscars to pitching a sprawling film studio complex in China. In an interview, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences predicted that Wuxi Studio outside of Shanghai will become a magnet for Hollywood productions within a few years. "It took 100 years for our industry to evolve and our studios to be working at full capacity," said Ganis, a consultant and honorary chairman for Wuxi.
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April 9, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
It's a sea change at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In a surprise move announced late Thursday night, the academy went outside its organization and named Dawn Hudson, the head of Film Independent, to fill the chief executive position being vacated by retiring executive director Bruce Davis. Davis' longtime second in command, Ric Robertson, will be chief operating officer and will report to Hudson. The two will take over on June 1. The Board of Governors made the decision after a six-month search process in which the academy's officers — including producer Sid Ganis, screenwriter Phil Robinson, producer Hawk Koch, director Jim Brooks, actress Annette Bening and academy President Tom Sherak — interviewed a slew of potential candidates.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Film executive Tom Sherak has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The academy's board of governors elected the entertainment-industry veteran Tuesday. Sherak, 64, an executive with more than four decades in the movie business, had served as treasurer for the last year. Now working as a consultant with Marvel Studios, Sherak was a partner in Revolution Studios, held various positions at Fox and worked at Paramount. He succeeds Sid Ganis, who was termed out after four years as president.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2008
On the boards: John Mahoney, best known for his long-running role as the father on NBC's "Frasier," will star in Conor McPherson's "The Seafarer" at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood next April. -- Movie academy: Sid Ganis has been elected to his fourth consecutive term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ganis is founder of Out of the Blue . . . Entertainment.
NEWS
August 25, 2005 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
VETERAN producer and former studio chief Sid Ganis has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the 29th president in a line that stretches back to Douglas Fairbanks and the birth of the Oscars. Ganis was elected Tuesday night by the organization's board of governors, succeeding writer-director Frank Pierson, who had served the maximum four consecutive one-year terms.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
It's a sea change at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In a surprise move announced late Thursday night, the academy went outside its organization and named Dawn Hudson, the head of Film Independent, to fill the chief executive position being vacated by retiring executive director Bruce Davis. Davis' longtime second in command, Ric Robertson, will be chief operating officer and will report to Hudson. The two will take over on June 1. The Board of Governors made the decision after a six-month search process in which the academy's officers — including producer Sid Ganis, screenwriter Phil Robinson, producer Hawk Koch, director Jim Brooks, actress Annette Bening and academy President Tom Sherak — interviewed a slew of potential candidates.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1993
Jack Mathews made a string of avoidable errors in his commentary, and The Times compounded the problem with phenomenally misdirected headline writing ("Mark Canton's Wrongheaded Chant," April 18). Neither party can claim ignorance about the basis for Mathews' article, which is the Columbia chairman's ShoWest keynote speech (it was sent to every leading journalist, including Mathews and his editors at The Times). Let's start with the headline, which had little to do with the content of Mathews' story and was worthy only of a tabloid.
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