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The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) took a new direction on Thursday with the announcement that first-timers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron would produce the 85th Annual Academy Awards (to be held at the newly renamed Dolby Theatre – formerly The Kodak Theater – at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood).
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The hiring marks the first major decision of new AMPAS President Hawk Koch (the latest in a wave of organizational change), and according to Deadline.com, which now has a new open-door with the new AMPAS President, it marks the start of a stable producing team.
Mr. Zadan and Mr. Meron served as executive producers on the 2002 Best Picture winner “Chicago,” which won Oscars® in 6 of the 13 categories in which it was nominated. Their credits also include the features “Footloose” (2011), “Hairspray” and “The Bucket List.” Zadan also produced the original “Footloose” (1984).
Zadan and Meron’s work in television includes the series “SMASH” and such movies as “A Raisin in the Sun” and the upcoming “Steel Magnolias.”
For Broadway, they recently produced the Tony Award® winning revivals of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Promises, Promises.”
Their work has earned a whopping giant list of 73 Emmy nominations; 12 Tony nominations; and seven Grammy Awards nominations.
“Craig and Neil are forward thinkers who bring a unique perspective to the Oscar show,” Koch said. “Their enormous collective talent, coupled with their love of film, serves our show perfectly.”
“We are very excited to collaborate with Hawk and everyone at the Academy to produce this year’s Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “We hope to utilize our experience in producing features, TV and theater to bring something fresh and special to this incredible awards show. When we filmed ‘The Bucket List,’ we made our own personal bucket list, and producing the Oscars was #1. It’s truly a great honor.”
“Craig and Neil have great talent relationships and bring an infectious energy to the production,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.” They are creative producers in the best sense of the word.”
Oscars To Continue On ABC
In this era of rampant AMPAS change, one thing remains the same: the Oscars will be aired on ABC Television, February 24th, 2013.