Sidney Ganis is an American motion picture executive and producer who has produced such films as 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 and now serves as the First Vice President. He serves on the board of directors of Marvel Entertainment as well as DeskSite, the boards of film festivals and film organizations around the country.
Ganis was born in Brooklyn, New York City. He is of Greek descent, from the city of Ioannina. He was exposed to the world of entertainment when he worked as an office boy for Lee Solters. This led him to a film career in marketing and publicity at several studios, eventually joining Lucasfilm, where he served as Senior Vice President for several years. He later became president of Paramount Pictures. After leaving Paramount in 1990, Ganis became president of marketing and distribution at Columbia Pictures. He was eventually made chairman of the studio. In 1996 he stepped down from that position to produce his own films. His company, Out of the Blue Entertainment, remains active at Columbia Pictures.
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