Hawk Koch is the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a Special Advisor to the Dalian Wanda Corporation and President Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America with Mark Gordon. Hawk and Mark led the fight to preserve the producer’s credit. Now, all six major studios and most major independent studios have signed on to implement the Producers Mark certification, “p.g.a.,” which indicates who did the majority of the producing work on a film while also establishing an authentic seal of approval.
Koch’s tenure at the Academy was distinguished by a sharpened focus on member engagement, diversity and the future of filmmaking. Koch committed the Academy to a process of change that ensured the institution would continue to lead the film industry from the front rather than respond belatedly to shifts in the entertainment business.
Hawk has been intimately involved with the making of over 60 major motion pictures, among them such classics as Marathon Man, Chinatown, Wayne’s World, Peggy Sue Got Married, Heaven Can Wait, The Way We Were and Rosemary’s Baby. His colleagues and collaborators include many of the greatest filmmakers of our time, among them Sidney Pollack, Roman Polanski, Robert Wise, John Schlesinger, Warren Beatty, and Francis Ford Coppola.
Koch also serves on the boards of AMC Theaters, the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the National Film Preservation Foundation. In addition to his involvement with these various organizations, Koch continues to develop and produce movies.