ENCINO, Calif. (CelebrityAccess) Pete Fisher has stepped down as CEO of the Academy of Country Music and R.A. “RAC” Clark, executive producer of the ACM’s awards show, will act as interim executive director.
Fisher, a veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, leaves his post after a little more than two years at its helm and plans to pursue new opportunities, according to a press release.
“Following many years on the ACM Board, it’s been an honor to serve the Academy in the role of CEO,” Fisher said. “I’ve greatly enjoyed working with the Academy staff, Officers and Boards, and I look forward to continuing to support the good work of the ACM and ACM Lifting Lives. Proud of what we have accomplished, I look forward to what the future holds.”
Clark has been associated with the Academy – and with country music – throughout his 38-year producing career. In addition to producing the Academy of Country Music Awards live on the CBS Television Network since 1999, he has executive produced many Academy TV specials. Rac’s father, Dick Clark, is one of the founding members of the ACM Awards telecast.
“My work with the ACM over the years has included some of my most professionally-fulfilling projects. I look forward to stepping into this interim role and supporting the legacy of the Academy,” RAC Clark said.
The recent ACM Awards show in Las Vegas saw a decrease in viewership, down 18 percent from the previous year, but that has been a longstanding trend.
“I think when you look at the TV business and the award shows, is not some declining numbers expected?” Bob Romeo, former CEO of the ACM, told CelebrityAccess. “In the early days you had three networks and now you have 360 competing for your eyeballs?”