TORONTO, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of the Academy of
Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) announced today that Ron Cohen was
appointed as Chair on September 18, 2007. Mr. Cohen, a long-standing member of
the Board, was the founding Chair in 1979 and served again as Chair in 1986
and 1987. Since that time, Mr. Cohen has continued to serve the Academy as
Advisor to the Board.
"The timing of Ron's return couldn't be better," said Sara Morton, CEO of
the ACCT. "The Academy has entered an exciting chapter with new initiatives
like the Gemini Awards road show. As the founding Chair, we will be able to
tap into his vast experience and vision as we continue to raise the profile of
the Academy and its events."
Cohen is equally thrilled to return to a familiar role. "While the
Canadian film and television industry faces some significant challenges, it
has really matured and has attained a world-wide reputation for excellence.
The Academy is well positioned to make Canadians proud of this country's films
and television programs."
A lawyer and film producer by profession, his film Ticket to Heaven won
four Genie Awards including Best Picture in 1982. Cohen is passionate about
the arts and has been active on many fronts. He was a Director of the Banff
Television Foundation, the Centaur Theatre Company in Montreal as well as the
Friends of the Library of McGill University. Since 1993, he has been National
Chair of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC), an independent,
non-governmental organization created by the Canadian Association of
Broadcasters. He is currently President of the Friends of Library and Archives
Canada and sits on the Board of the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust.
In 1992 Mr. Cohen was the recipient of the 125th Anniversary of
Confederation Medal. He is the author of several books including: The
Regulation of Misleading Advertising: A Comparative Approach; Quebec Votes;
and, in 2006, A Bibliography of the Writings of Sir Winston Churchill (in 3
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a national non-profit
professional association dedicated to promoting, recognizing and celebrating
exceptional achievements in the Canadian film and television industries.
Created in 1979 and today unifying almost 4,000 industry professionals across
Canada, the Academy is a vital and integral force representing all areas of
the film and television industry.
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