Sid Ganis, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences underlined, speaking to Athens’ Kathimerini, that he does not want people to see the Academy as an elitist American institution but as a global cultural organization.
The grandson of immigrants from the northwestern Greek city of Ioannina with a Jewish background, Sidney Ganis (born January 8, 1940) is an American motion picture executive and producer. He has made films like, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds, The Master of Disguise and Akeelah and the Bee.
On August 23, 2005 he was elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that awards the Oscars. He also serves on the board of directors of Marvel Entertainment as well as on various other boards of film festivals and film organizations around the country.
Ganis was born in Brooklyn, New York. He followed a film career in marketing and publicity at several studios and eventually joined Lucasfilm, where he served as Senior Vice President for several years.
In the 80s he became President of Paramount Pictures where he was responsible for the production of such films as Ghost and Forrest Gump amongst others. After leaving Paramount in 1990, Ganis became president of marketing and distribution, at Columbia Pictures and was eventually made chairman of the studio. In 1996, he stepped down from that position and moved on to produce his own films. His company, Out of the Blue…Entertainment, is a provider of motion pictures, television and musical entertainment for Sony Pictures Entertainment and others.