AirTalk for July 30, 2013

Who might the Academy of Motion Pictures choose as new president?

New York City Celebrates The 83rd Annual Academy Awards

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The Oscar Statue production display at the Meet the Oscar Exhibit at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

Today, the 48 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' board of governors will vote on a new president. Current president Hawk Koch is stepping down because of term limits.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-Chairman Rob Friedman and studio publicity executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs have emerged as the frontrunners. The incoming leader of the Oscars is going to have a lot to contend with, from sustaining audience interest in the yearly broadcast to increasing ethnic diversity in the organization.

Who is Rob Friedman and Cheryl Boone Isaacs? What are the challenges facing the new president?

Guest:
Nicole Sperling, film reporter, Los Angeles Times


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