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Tom Sherak dies at 68; former head of motion picture academy
Tom Sherak dies at 68; former head of motion picture academy

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. In September, at the request of Mayor Eric Garcetti, he became Los Angeles' film czar, , charged with trying to reverse the tide of...

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