UPDATE: R.I.P Tom Sherak
Earlier today, former Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Tom Sherak passed away from complications due to a twelve-year battle with prostate cancer. The veteran Hollywood executive also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. The plaque of the star is dated February 14, 2014, the day the ceremony was planned to be held, but the schedule was moved up considering his worsening condition. Sherak died while in his Calabassas home, surrounded by friends and family.
Last September, Sherak was appointed as Los Angeles’s first film czar by Mayor Eric Garcetti. In exchange for a $1 salary, Sherak was to lead the halt to runaway production that is plaguing Hollywood.
Sherak began his career at Paramount in 1970, then moved to 20th Century Fox in the 1980s. While at Twentieth, he worked his way up to eventually become Chairman of the Domestic Film Group. Afterward, he became a partner in Revolution Studios, which released movies like Black Hawk Down and Rent. Sherak served as treasurer at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was later elected President in 2009, where he served three one-year terms.
Sherak was a respected and beloved influencer of Hollywood. For more information on the life and death of Tom Sherak, see Deadline’s article.