Ted Hope is stepping down as head of the San Francisco Film Society, which runs the San Francisco Film Festival, Variety reports. Hope came onto the job in September of 2012 to take over from Bingham Ray, who had passed away.
The longtime producer of nearly 70 films (among them "In the Bedroom" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene") will remain at the organization until the end of the year.
Hope told Variety that he wants to return to being a producer and entrepreneur.
Update: Here's the full press release from the SFFS.
The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Ted Hope, Executive Director since August 2012, will step down at the end of the year to pursue other film-related interests. He will continue in his current role and will manage all activities of the organization until December 31, working with the staff and board to facilitate a smooth leadership transition. Hope will join the SFFS Advisory Board, to assist in guiding the Film Society into the future in a new capacity. The Board of Directors has already begun the search for a new Executive Director, and expects to have a new leader in place as the organization begins its 57th year.
Statement from Ted Hope:
"When I came to San Francisco after producing so many films, it surprised some that I wanted to lead a non-profit organization," said Hope. "Over the past 14 months I've come to realize that as much as I fully embrace the mission of the Film Society, my passion is more entrepreneurial. We accomplished a great deal at SFFS over the last year, and the same fantastic team that initially drew me to the Bay Area is still in place to drive the organization well into the future. Vanessa and I plan to stay in the Bay Area and I look forward to staying involved in an advisory role and collaborating with the Film Society in our film-related activities."
Statement from SFFS Board President David Winton:
"The Film Society has been fortunate to have Ted Hope at its helm," said Winton. "He brought with him a lot of great ideas about expanding our already considerable role in promoting film culture given so much disruptive change in media, and we are grateful for his tenure and guidance. We are happy to have Ted's continued creative input as he steps into his new role on our Advisory Board. The SFFS Board of Directors is committed to finding a new leader that will continue to work closely with our staff to further the mission of the Film Society and its core programs."
Statement from SFFS Board Vice President Howard Roffman:
"I want to thank Ted Hope for his contributions to our organization" said Roffman. "He leaves us in an even stronger position to continue pursuing the programs that have been the cornerstones of the Film Society. Our robust exhibition, education and filmmaker services programs will continue with the terrific staff that has made them as influential and successful as they are. We will continue exposing great films to a wider audience, supporting essential artists and promoting media literacy as we move into this next phase."