Ten days after the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that the Academy and Academy Foundation’s longtime Chief Operating Officer Alan Perris will retire at the end of the year, it has appointed his successor. Lucy Hood, Executive Director of the Institute for Communication Technology Management at the University of Southern California, has been named President and Chief Operating Officer for the TV Academy and was previously President of Fox Mobile Entertainment and SVP at News Corp. She will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Academy and its Foundation, reporting to TV Academy Chairman Bruce Rosenblum and Foundation Chairman Jerry Petry and working closely with them and their respective boards. Perris will continue with the Academy through the end of the year as a Consultant to the Chairman, helping Hood transition into her new role. “Lucy is an incredibly smart and forward thinking executive who we believe is the perfect fit for the Television Academy,” said Rosenblum and Petry jointly. “Her leadership along with knowledgeable background in new media is exactly the type of President/COO that the Academy requires as our organization looks toward the future of television.”
Alan Perris, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Academy Foundation longtime Chief Operating Officer, will retire at the end of the year. His departure is expected to widen the vacuum at the top of the TV Academy as chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum is not likely to seek a second term. Perris, who joined the TV Academy in early 2006 and upon his retirement will have served in his current role for eight years, announced his retirement internally to the Academy’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors in February, the TV Academy said.