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Geffen's Frank Mancuso will replace Gil Cates during interim

November 11, 2011 |  6:00 pm

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Nine days after the passing of Gil Cates, Geffen Playhouse founder and producing director, the theater  has named its board chairman, Frank Mancuso, to assume the role of interim producing director, effective immediately.

“I am assuming this position to preserve the spirit, passion and unparalleled work that my dear friend Gil put into the Geffen Playhouse,” Mancuso said in a statement. “It is an honor to help keep Gil’s vision alive while the committee works to discover the best leadership structure for the theater moving forward.”

As his bio on the Geffen's website elaborates, Mancuso has had a four-decade career in the entertainment industry, culminating with his leadership of Paramount Pictures Corp. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. He most recently served as Chairman and Chief Executive of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Mancuso's appointment apparently was made during the board's special executive session Thursday, at which board members also formed a committee to conduct a study that will shape future decisions about the theater’s executive structure and leadership. A seat on the board was extended to film and television producer Gil Cates, Jr., the youngest son of Gil Cates.


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Photo: Longtime Oscar telecast producer and former Geffen Playhouse producing director Gil Cates arrives at the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in February 2005. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times