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Maureen Ryan Replaces Ira Deutchman as Chair of Columbia Film Program

Maureen Ryan Replaces Ira Deutchman as Chair of Columbia Film Program

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With Ira Deutchman stepping down as chair of the Columbia Film program, the torch is officially being passed on to Maureen Ryan, a New York-based producer who has lent her talents to a diverse body of work, including the Oscar-winning documentary “Man on Wire” and Alex Gibney’s “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House of God.” Ryan has been teaching at Columbia for 16 years and has been a full-time faculty member in the MFA program since 2006.

“I’m privileged to be taking on the chairmanship of the Film Program at this auspicious time,” noted Ryan. “Under Ira Deutchman’s leadership, the Program has continued to nurture and graduate award-winning talent in the fields of screenwriting, TV writing, directing and creative producing. Our students are a diverse and global group who are having a tremendous impact on the art of storytelling in the many different forms and distribution models that are now available. I hope to build on this success as we continue to expand on the exciting creative work that our students and alumni produce for audiences around the world.” 

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