Lucy Hood, Television Academy President and COO, Dies of Cancer at 56

Hood had been battling cancer

Lucy Hood, president and COO of the Television Academy, has died following a battle with cancer. She was 56.

Hood, who earned an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, was the founder of Fox Mobile Entertainment and the Executive Director of the Institute for Communication Technology Management, and also had a hand in launching News Corporation technology businesses such as, FX Cable an News Corp Content Group.

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She was appointed executive director of the Institute for Communication Technology at the University of Southern California in 2009.

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Hood was named president and COO of the Television Academy in June 2013.

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In a statement to TheWrap, Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum said: “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.  Our hearts and prayers go out to her husband, Rob, and her two children, Rachel and Benjamin.  Lucy was an innovator and thought leader, always focused on how to best serve an industry she loved.  In the all-too short time Lucy led the Television Academy, her extraordinary impact and contributions were deeply felt throughout the organization.  Lucy will be greatly missed.”