Magazine article American Cinematographer

Industry Activities

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Industry Activities

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Howard W. Koch has been appointed producer of the 45th Annual Awards Presentation Program of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it was announced today by Daniel Taradash, president of the Academy.

Koch produced the 44th Awards Program last April.

The 45th Oscar show, to be held on March 27 in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles County Music Center, will honor film achievements for 1972, and will be broadcast live and in color by the NBC Television Network.

Koch is listed as a producer of lively comedy and exciting action pictures. He has brought five of Neil Simon's Broadway comedies to the screen. Among his recent production credits are "The Odd Couple", "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever", "Plaza Suite", "Star Spangled Girl" and "Last of the Red Hot Lovers". He was executive producer of "Come Blow Your Horn", "The Manchurian Candidate", "None but the Brave" and "The President's Analyst". He is currently producing and directing "Badge 373", being filmed in New York.


Time-Life Films will begin distributing independent 16mm productions for The American Film Institute to colleges, museums, and other non-theatrical outlets, it was announced jointly by George Stevens, Jr., AFI Director, and Peter M. Robeck, Managing Director of Time-Life Films.

Created through AFI grants and fellowships to young American filmmakers, the films include dramas, abstracts and documentaries ranging in length from 6 ½ to 50 minutes. Many have been festival winners. Along with the work of well-known independent filmmakers such as Bruce Baillie, Will Hindle and John Korty, are films by students and AFI fellows studying at the Institute's Center for Advanced Film Studies.

"Time-Life Films is proud to be associated with the AFI," said Peter Robeck, "in offering the newest efforts of American filmmakers to schools. colleges, libraries and film societies. Our objective is to encourage the creative development of film. We are preparing a special catalog of AFI work which will not only suggest thematic programming but will feature annotations by leading film critics and educators."

"The Film Institute is delighted that this arrangement will make more independent filmmakers' work accessible to new audiences across the U.S. and Canada," said Stevens. "Under our agreement with Time-Life Films, royalties will be shared by the filmmakers and the Institute. The portion accruing to the Institute will be used to aid still other filmmakers through our growing assistance and training programs."

Time-Life Films, a division of Time Inc., produces films for television and distributes a library of over 600 16mm films to the non-theatrical market. It is the distributor for British Broadcasting Corporation productions to television and non-theatrical film outlets in the United States and Latin America.

The American Film Institute is a nonprofit, independent organization established in 1967 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to advance the art of film and television in America. Since its inception it has assisted more than 150 filmmakers through a variety of programs including grants, internships and fellowships. This year, the Institute is receiving applications for new filmmaker awards totalling $200,000. It is coordinating a national film preservation effort, it provides guidance and scholarships to film teachers and educators, sponsors film research and documentation projects and operates a national film repertory program. The Institute's headquarters and its new National Film Theatre are located at the John F. …

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