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Film Independent names Sean McManus and Josh Welsh co-presidents

January 10, 2012 |  2:02 pm

Six months after executive director Dawn Hudson left Film Independent to head up the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization has appointed two insiders to share the role of president.

Film Independent board chairman Bill Condon announced today that senior director Sean McManus and director of artistic development Josh Welsh have been charged as the new co-presidents of the independent nonprofit.

McManus joined Film Independent in 1998 as development director and was promoted to senior director in 2006, overseeing fund development, marketing and communications, the annual Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival and the screening series held at LACMA.

Since 2002, Josh Welsh has overseen all of Film Independent's artistic development programs, including its filmmaker labs for directors, screenwriters, producers and documentarians. He both designed the curriculum for the labs and the selection of the organization's annual fellows. Welsh also oversees the grants program for the organization.

"They are a seasoned team whose skills and expertise complement one another beautifully,"  Condon said. "We're confident they will build upon the solid foundation Dawn established and will successfully usher Film Independent into the future."


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Photo: Sean McManus speaks at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations press conference in West Hollywood last November. Credit: John Shearer/Getty Images for Piaget

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