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Press Release: DeSales TV/Film Program to Host Sid Ganis, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Friday, April 4
Date: 4/2/2008

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DeSales TV/Film Program to Host Sid Ganis, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Friday, April 4

Sid and Nancy Ganis

The DeSales University TV / Film Program will host a visit by Sid Ganis, the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that awards the Oscars, and his wife Nancy Hult Ganis, an independent producer, on Friday, April 4, 2008.

During the day, Ganis and his wife will meet with DeSales TV/Film and Theatre students who will present original scripts by TV/Film majors created in their Revision Writing courses and read by Theatre majors. Ganis will provide feedback and constructive criticism. He will also conduct a Q&A session with theatre, TV / Film and business students, during which he will discuss his career from not only an artistic viewpoint but also from corporate and managerial perspectives.

The event is part of the Visiting Artists Film Series at DeSales, funded by a grant from the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation.

"We are so thrilled to host an industry professional of Mr. Ganis' caliber to meet with and interact with our students in both the Performing Arts and Business departments," says John Bell, chairman of the DeSales University Performing and Fine Arts Department. "Sid Ganis is a major figure in the Hollywood community and we're all excited to have him on campus."

"Through the generosity of the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation, we have been able to invite major figures in the television and film industry to campus over the past three years, including Chevy Chase, Peter Bogdanovich and now, Sid Ganis and his wife Nancy," adds Bell. "The Baker family does so much for the Lehigh Valley, and this is just another example of their impact on the local communities."

In 2005, Ganis was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In 1996, Sid Ganis founded Out of the Blue...Entertainment, following a distinguished career as an executive at several major studios. Based at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, Out of the Blue... most recently produced the Lionsgate/2929 feature film Akeelah and the Bee, starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, in association with Reactor Films. Out of the Blue...Entertainment found box office success with its first two productions: Columbia Pictures' Big Daddy, starring Adam Sandler, and Touchstone Pictures' Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.

Prior to founding Out of the Blue..., Ganis held various positions at Sony Pictures, including vice chairman of Columbia Pictures and president of Worldwide Marketing for Columbia/Tristar Motion Picture Companies. Before joining Sony Pictures, Ganis served for five years at Paramount Pictures. As president of the Motion Picture Group, he green-lit the box-office hit Ghost and purchased the rights to Winston Groom's novel Forrest Gump, which would go on to win six Academy Awards including Best Picture. Previously, Ganis served as senior vice president of Lucasfilm, Ltd., working closely with George Lucas on the production and marketing of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and other films. Ganis won an Emmy for producing the behind-the-scenes documentary The Making of Raider of the Lost Ark.

Nancy Ganis has more than 25 years of experience as a television, feature film and documentary film producer/executive focusing on American democratic values and institutions—particularly public education. She is also vice president of Out of the Blue...Entertainment, based at Sony Studios. She began her career in the newsroom of KQED in San Francisco, moving on to documentaries such as The Making of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' the groundbreaking Straight Talk series on health with Drs. Judith Reichman and Peter Scardino, and many documentary short subjects on teen pregnancy, public education, pesticide contamination, nuclear proliferation, and health care. She later became director of special projects at San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX.

She has worked with numerous filmmakers including Francis Coppola, and Steven Spielberg and with various motion picture studios such as Lucasfilm Ltd., Columbia Pictures and Paramount on film projects from Amadeus to Punchline. Nancy holds a masters in journalism and a bachelor's in history from the University of California at Berkeley and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Chuck Gloman, director of TV/Film at (610) 282-1100 ext. 1683 or via email at chuck.gloman@desales.edu.

Press Release: DeSales TV/Film Program to Host Sid Ganis, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Friday, April 4 | Posted on: 4/2/2008

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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