Dave McNary, writing for Variety last week:
Ted Hope is departing as head of the San Francisco Film Society, which runs the San Francisco Film Festival, after slightly over a year in the post.
Hope told Variety that he wants to return to being a producer and entrepreneur. He will remain in his position until the end of the year and said he will assist the society’s board in the search for a successor.
Too bad; Hope's relentless outreach and filmmaker-centric perspective made him a really exciting choice for the head of a major film festival. It's nice that he was able to bring his enthusiasm to an organization that must have been reeling from the tragic loss of two directors (Graham Leggat and Bingham Ray) in a very short time.
Best of luck to the festival, which now begins to look for someone new to carry the torch.