OSCARS: Telecast Production Designer Will Be Steve Bass, Not David Rockwell

Academy Awards telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer have set 62nd Emmys production designer Steve Bass to do the same for the 83rd Academy Awards. The big surprise is that their choice isn’t David Rockwell, who has been the production designer for the past two Oscarcasts and won an Emmy for last year’s. I’m told he was offered the job but decided to sit out this year:

Beverly Hills, CA — Steve Bass will serve as production designer for the 83rd Academy Awards® presentation, Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. This will be the first time the Emmy®-winning production designer has worked on the Oscar telecast.

“I have collaborated with Steve several times, and he’s the perfect person for this year’s Oscars,” said Mischer. “He’s an innovative, creative talent who I know will do justice to the tradition and glamour of the Academy Awards.”

“Don and I knew right away that Steve would be the absolute best partner to bring our vision to life in terms of the production design of the Oscar show,” said Cohen. “He is truly a master at designing for high-profile, grand-scale events.”

Bass most recently worked with Mischer on the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards. Other collaborations include “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial,” “Movies Rock,” on which Cohen also served as an executive producer, and the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Bass has won two Emmys, in 1997 as art director of the “Centennial Olympic Games: Opening Ceremonies” – another pairing with Mischer – and in 2005 for his production design work on The 47th Annual Grammy® Awards. He has three additional Emmy nominations for the Grammys (in 2004, 2008 and 2009); his most recent nomination was this year for his work on the 63rd Annual Tony Awards.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre.

  1. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Steve on many awards show and he is fantastic. This is wonderful for him and I wish all the luck in the world.

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