LOS ANGELES The American Film Institute, a leading group for film and television preservation and education, on Tuesday named television producer and film historian Bob Gazzale as its incoming chief executive officer.
Gazzale, 42, will replace Jean Picker Firstenberg, who previously said she would retire at the end of AFI's 40th anniversary this fall. Gazzale will assume the post on November 1, AFI said in a statement.
Gazzale has been a senior executive with AFI for 15 years in recently was director of AFI Productions where he produced and wrote seven AFI Life Achievement Awards shows. He also helped conceive AFI's popular "100 Years" series in which the institute picks key moments, songs or phrases in film history.
Firstenberg, whose tenure at AFI covered 27 years, will become president-emeritus and a lifetime trustee of AFI.