Craig Zadan and Neil Moran to Produce 85th Academy Awards

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August 23rd, 2012

via press release:





Acclaimed motion picture, television and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the 85th Academy Awards, Academy president Hawk Koch announced today. This will be the duo’s first involvement with the Oscars. The 85th Academy Awards will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013 on the ABC Television Network.


“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 No. 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.”


Zadan and Meron served as executive producers on the 2002 Best Picture winner, “Chicago,” which won Oscars in six 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 amassed 73 Emmy® nominations, 12 Tony nominations and seven Grammy® nominations.


The 85th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.




The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs,

  • Ben

    So what; it will probably still be the serious human drama movie released late in the year that wins the Best Picture award in February 2013, just like most of the other Best Picture winners. They expanded from 5 nominees to 10 (for the first time since 1943), after Wall-E and The Dark Knight did Not get a nomination, and the type of film that has won the big award has remained the same, although, The Hurt Locker was released in the middle part of the year, and The Artist was a silent movie, (the first to win since Wings in the 1920s).

    It does not make much of difference who is producing the program, when the type of movie that wins the Best Picture is going to remain the same, year after year. The Academy Awards is a very narrow focused show. They only give the Best Picture award to a certain type of movie Most of the time.

    The ratings will continue to go down, as more and more people lose interest in the program that is probably only going to give the Best Picture award to the serious human drama motion picture released late in the year which is fresh in the memory of the Academy voters, and can sell tickets at the cinema, unlike the movie released in the early, or middle part of the year, which will be on home video by the time the show airs in February. Selling tickets to the cinema is preferred to selling home video copies of the film.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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