Alan Perris, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Academy Foundation longtime Chief Operating Officer, will retire at the end of the year. His departure is expected to widen the vacuum at the top of the TV Academy as chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum is not likely to seek a second term. Perris, who joined the TV Academy in early 2006 and upon his retirement will have served in his current role for eight years, announced his retirement internally to the Academy’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors in February, the TV Academy said. As COO, Perris has overseen the day-to-day activities of the Academy and its Foundation. In addition, he has managed the executives in charge of all key departments and support staff. During his tenure, Perris worked alongside three Academy Chairmen, Dick Askin, John Shaffner and Rosenblum, and two Foundation Chairmen, Steve Mosko and Jerry Petry. Under Perris’ watch, the Academy expanded its annual Emmy Awards to include broadband and digital content and grew its membership by 30%, from 14,000 to its current 18,000. Additionally, Perris oversaw the expansion of Emmy magazine from 6 to 9 issues per year, and helped restore the Hall of Fame ceremony to an annual event. “Over the past eight years, Alan has provided the expert leadership required to grow and change the Academy for the better,” said Bruce Rosenblum. Added Perris, “It has truly been a pleasure to head up these two fine staffs representing the iconic brand of television excellence, the Emmy. I look back with great pride over my 47 years in this wonderful industry, and now will pursue the things I love including spending time with family, friends and improving my golf game.”