Sergei Rakhlin Dies: Longtime HFPA Member & Screenwriter Was 78

Sergei Rakhlin, an entertainment reporter, screenwriter and longtime member Hollywood Foreign Press Association, died on January 21, the organization said. He was 78 years old.

Rakhlin was born in Gorky, Russia in 1943, played many important roles during his time in HFPA, as executive producer of their annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony.

“Sergei was a strong advocate for international filmmakers and long pressed for their recognition and inclusion in Hollywood. His passion for films from around the world was only surpassed by his endorsement of the HFPA,” said HFPA President Helen Hohen Said. “Sergei had a very active role within the association, and he always expressed his happiness over the successes of his HFPA colleagues. His intelligence and kindness made him the darling of everyone who met him.”

Before joining the troubled organization in 1996, Rakhlin worked at WMNB TV and radio station as general producer, artistic director, and talk-show host. panorama newspaper and as a Hollywood analyst for the Voice of America radio station. He wrote for magazines, newspapers and online publications in the US, Russia, Latvia, Ukraine and Central Asia, two of his produced screenplays as of 2016. Brutus and of 2018 witnesses,

Rakhlin is survived by his wife Emilia and son Nick.