Magazine article Variety

TV Acad Topper Keyed into Digital Media

Magazine article Variety

TV Acad Topper Keyed into Digital Media

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1958-2014

Lucy Hood, president and chief operating officer of the Television Academy who was respected for her keen understanding of digital media, died April 2 after a battle with cancer. She was 56.

Hood, a former Fox and News Corp. exec, took the reins of the TV Academy from Alan Perris last June.

"It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the passing of our dynamic and passionate president and chief operating officer, Lucy Hood, after a courageous battle with cancer," said TV Academy chairman-CEO Bruce Rosenblum.

News of her death came as a surprise to many people in the industry and even at the TV Academy who were not aware of her illness. In her short time at the helm, Hood pushed the org known for being tradition-bound to embracing the changing multi-platform landscape.

Hood previously served as exec director of USC's Institute for Communication Technology Management as well as Fox Mobile Entertainment prexy and was a senior VP for News Corp. …

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