From Projectionist to President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

As first reported by Steve Pond of TheWrap, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday elected a much younger new president. Theo Kingma, who started out as a projectionist and later became a photographer, is just 46. The two previous heads of the HFPA were both in their seventies when they took office.

Kingma has indicated he plans to improve the reputation of the HFPA, which has been further targeted in recent weeks via a pair of TheWrap stories by site founder Sharon Waxman. From Pond’s earlier op-ed piece:

In recent months, TheWrap has been contacted repeatedly by members of the HFPA and by studio reps who deal with the group. None wished to be identified, but all complained in increasingly strong terms about HFPA policies and practices and described the upcoming election as pivotal… Kingma originally agreed to speak for this story, but cancelled when he did not receive permission from HFPA leadership to do so.

Before relocating to the U.S. from the Netherlands, Kingma also worked as a grip on the 1990 Robert Altman drama Vincent & Theo. For the sake of the HFPA, let’s hope the future he ushers in is as sunny as this recent photo shoot with Beverly Hills restaurateur Mr. Chow.

[Image courtesy HFPA Facebook page]