OSCARS: Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Named Producers Of 85th Academy Awards

Beverly Hills, CA – 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.

“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.”

Zadan and 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 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.

  1. Oh no… This will amplify everything that ISN’T good about the Oscar ceremonies. The shows were generally heading in a good direction — at least trying to be more relevant to a younger audience — but this feels like a step backwards.

    1. Agreed. These guys aren’t even fresh or relevant anymore in the Broadway/musical space! 15 years ago, they had something semi-interesting to say. Now, they’re just tired and rehashing the same old fashioned style. “Smash” could have been a good TV show, but it suffers from a lack of contemporary vision and sensibility.

      Hawk, it’s not too late to change your mind.

    2. Can’t wait to see the musical number that Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway perform based on Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER.

      BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD also totally lends itself to a 1950s old fashioned Broadway interpretation.

      Help us!

      1. ok, I am not the biggest musical fan, but Hugh Jackman & Hathaway were magic together, and delightful. Their opening number was one of the best openings of any award show.

  2. Mark Gordon should have produced the Oscars show this year. He would have been a refreshing change.

    Neil and Craig feel tired to me. Look no further than Footloose, Smash, and The Bucket List for the reasons why.

    This will be the geriatric Oscars. Maybe see if Fred Astaire can be resurrected for some song & dance numbers.

  3. Word is they are going after Dice Clay to be the host.

    Honestly, the annual Oscar extravaganza and how it works its way through the Academy are the most fun issues to comment about.

    Folks enjoy the fun of it… as any major revisions will be little and none.

  4. Hugh Jackman to Host. Yes. Streisand lead tribute to Marvin Hamlish. Streisand wins for The Guilt Trip. My GAY DREAM.

  5. Craig and Neil are good guys with lots of energy and ideas but the Oscars celebrate film and not music. That bears repeating: film. Not music. Production numbers always play well in the room but they are deathly boring to the televised audience – there’s a reason why Broadway isn’t on ABC. I hope that Craig and Neil are focused on producing a good television show – especially after the last two years of dreck – and not just on what will be popular with the attendees.

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