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Sid Ganis

Sid Ganis - 1st Term 

Sid co-founded OUT OF THE BLUE ENTERTAINMENT with partner (and wife) Nancy Hult Ganis in 1996 following a distinguished career as an executive at major studios including Sony Pictures, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros., Paramount, and Columbia Pictures. He began his career in film in the publicity department of 20th Century Fox in New York.

Mr. Ganis was elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 2005, and held the position for four consecutive terms. He serves as Vice President on the Academy’s Board of Governors and as chair of the Academy’s Museum Committee.

As a producer, Mr. Ganis found box office success with Big Daddy, Deuce Bigalow, Mr. Deeds and the critically acclaimed Akeelah and the Bee, which he co-produced with his wife. Recent projects include the 2020 documentary OLYMPIA, acclaimed music documentary BANG! The Bert Berns Story and an award winning short film titled A Children’s Song, focusing on China’s willingness to accept emigrating Jews from Europe during WWII, soon to be developed into a feature.

Currently, Ganis is a consultant with leading U.S. entertainment technology company Dolby Laboratories. He served 10 years on the Board of Directors of Marvel Entertainment until its sale to Disney in 2009, as well as the boards of FIND (Film Independent) and University of California, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive and San Francisco’s SF FILM.

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