ABC, in conjunction with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced today that a pair of fresh minds will be behind the upcoming 85th Academy Awards. Acclaimed motion picture, television and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the 85th Academy Awards.
“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.”
Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said that “Craig and Neil have great talent relationships and bring an infectious energy to the production. They are creative producers in the best sense of the word.”
Per the official press release, Zadan and Meron have a very impressive resume. They both 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 air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013 on the ABC Television Network.