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Lucy Hood, Television Academy president and chief operating officer, dead at 56

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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 Fox.com, FX Cable an News Corp Content Group.

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Read Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum's statement on Hood's death.

STATEMENT BY BRUCE ROSENBLUMTELEVISION ACADEMY CHAIRMAN & CEO ON THE PASSING OF LUCY HOOD, ACADEMY PRESIDENT AND COO:

“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.”

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