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.