BREAKING: Academy Reruns Craig Zadan & Neil Meron As 86th Oscars Producers

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The acclaimed motion picture, television and theater producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the Oscars for a second time next year, Academy President Hawk Koch announced. The Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014.

“Craig and Neil have the overwhelming support of the Academy’s Governors to produce the Oscars again in 2014,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “In order to establish continuity with this year’s enormously successful show, we felt it was important to give these consummate professionals the green light now to begin creating another great evening.”

“We are very honored to have been asked to return as Oscar producers for a second year,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “We look forward to creating a distinctive and entertaining show.”

“Craig and Neil have great relationships, a sense of showmanship, and a passion for our Academy,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “And they’re a pleasure to work with. All perfect qualities for our show.”

The February 2013 Oscars hosted by Seth MacFarlane, drew an average audience of 40.3 million total viewers and delivered a 13.0 rating among adults 18-49. The show was TV’s most-watched entertainment telecast in the last 3 years, and grew its overall audience for the 2nd straight year (+3%), surging 11% in adults 18-49 (13.0 rating vs. 11.7 rating) to its best numbers since 2010. In addition, the show scored gains year-to-year with adults 18-34 (+20% – 11.3 rating vs. 9.4 rating), hitting its highest number in 6 years – since 2007. Overall, it was the Oscars second-most-watched telecast since 2005.

Among the innovations that Zadan and Meron plan to bring back to the 2014 show is the Oscar Experience College Search, which allows young filmmakers to assist with bringing the Oscar statuettes on-and-off stage during the show.

The Zadan/Meron Oscars displayed a signature style that incorporated a single concept for the entire evening which linked together the disparate elements of the Oscar show through music, especially classic movie themes and the frequent appearances by MacFarlane to announce the evening’s presenters. The 2013 show was also distinguished by the use of motion picture talent as performers in the show such as the dance numbers performed by Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Zadan and Meron served as executive producers for 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 “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 Oscars 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. and wow, i thought last year’s show would go down in history as the worst ever. sure, give ‘em another shot so the 2014 show will go down as the best of the worst!

    1. You said it, Mick. Remember the stupid “Jaws” music when the winner spoke too long? Easily the most immature idea ever foisted on what was a grand show.

  2. Instead of honoring Chicago again in next year’s telecast, maybe we could honor the tribute we did to Chicago in the last show!

  3. Please oh please let there NOT be any looooooooong musical numbers. Especially from films that 1. you produced or 2. were nominated in past years.

  4. And really, really petty (even for Hollywood) to not include the name of Marty Richards in the honorarium portion of the show. Craig and Neil are losers.

  5. Can’t wait for the sequel “we saw your vagina” skit. Julianne Moore start getting your shocked expression ready.

  6. “This year marks the first anniversary of the tenth anniversary of the movie, Chicago!”

  7. Wow I thought this past telecast was the worst thing ever. It seemed to be just Chicago numbers over and over again.

    Remember when the us auto industry tanked and no one was surprised?

    There are so many great creative producers in town…wow.

  8. Dear Academy,

    I would rather watch a Brett Ratner-produced show than another one by these guys. That’s how bad. Seriously.

  9. who would have ever thought that the Golden Globes would be the awards show worth waiting for? The Academy has become an embarrassment to show business and this is the icing on the cake. did those goons not watch the show this year? awful.

  10. Seriously? The show wasn’t just bad. It was embarrassingly difficult to watch. I guess no one else would take the job? Shocked!

  11. What they should be doing is a tribute to 1994. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption, Lion King, and Forrest Gump. Let’s see them do something with that!

    Your move Craig and Neil…

  12. This must be an April Fools joke two weeks late. These “consummate professionals” are consummate egomaniacs all they care about is showcasing their own work. They are the last guys who should get to produce the show next year.

  13. The Worst Oscars ever! With the worst host Seth “Wait, wait, I bet his next joke is gonna be funny! nope! McFarlane.
    Thanks Hawk, I hear Seth’s working on the aging movie siren’s musical number next year titled “Her Snatch was a Smash” to be book ended with all of the male action stars who have shown their genitalia in the final number “Glock Cock” . Meanwhile Craig and Neil can honor themselves for a Lifetime Achievement Award
    while their handlers and the cadavers at the Academy keep jerking each other off. Bragging about what they’ve really done is risen above the mundane of the Oscars past and created art!. To finally turn around to see their audience arrive in jeans eating McDonald’s take out. But maybe some good will come out of it. Maybe ‘Carrie’ will show up next year! One can always hope.

    1. Even bringing back Carson from the grave doing a “Weekend at Bernie’s Impression” would bring more life to it. Um! Neil and Craig
      that was a pun! You can’t really do that. I know,I Know Seth already had a really funny bit with propping him up with Carson’s zipper wide open, but you can’t use it. Hey I heard Joan might fire her “Fashion Police” writing staff. Now there’s an idea right up your alley. The best part about your Oscar show was the end!

  14. Amazing. The worst awards show ever. These two promoted themselves without one ounce of shame. A tribute to Chicago? What naked photos do they have on the board members to get hired again after this obvious disaster? Boo is right.

  15. Everyone I know in the Academy hated this year’s show so I think the Governors are out of touch with the members. This is terrible news. No wonder the Globes are becoming more popular. You rise with the tide, Governors, not fall with it into the mud flats.

  16. I’ve cleared my calendar for March 2, 2014. I love to watch a good train wreck.

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