Roger L. Mayer has been a devoted and active advocate and leader in the efforts to preserve the film industry's heritage for many years. He is a member of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress as well as Chairman of the National Film Preservation Foundation.
The National Film Preservation Board serves as a public advisory group to the Librarian of Congress, and works to ensure the survival, conservation, and increased public availability of America's film heritage, including advising on the annual selection of films to the National Film Registry, and on the development and implementation of the national film preservation plan. The National Film Preservation Foundation, an independent, non-profit charity affiliated with the National Film Preservation Board, raises private funds to help American archives preserve films and make them publicly available. It supports activities nationwide that preserve American films and improve film access for study, education, and exhibition.
Since 1986, Mr. Mayer has been President and Chief Operating Officer of the Turner Entertainment Co., which was acquired by Time-Warner in 1996. Before joining TEC, he was Senior Vice President - Administration for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. and President of MGM Laboratories, Inc. His association with MGM covered a span of 25 years.
Mr. Mayer started in the motion picture industry in 1952 as a lawyer with Columbia Pictures, and later became a general studio executive at Columbia. In 1961, he joined MGM as Assistant General Manager of the Studio and progressed through a variety of executive positions, ending up as Senior VP of Administration and President of the Laboratory. This involved supervising the operation of the MGM Studio and the Laboratory as well as corporate administrative functions.
Mr. Mayer was born in New York City and received his education at the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York. He has a B.A. degree from Yale University and an L.L.B. and J.D. from the Yale Law School.
Roger Mayer is Chairman of the Board of the Motion Picture and Television Fund and a Board Member of its Corporate Board and Charitable Foundation. Formerly he was Vice President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was on its Board of Governors as well as on the Board of the Academy Foundation.