The Oscars, Hollywood’s most fabulous evening is still couple months away but one Oscar has already been granted to the newly declared producers of the 85th Academy Awards: Acclaimed motion picture, television and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. This will be the successful duo’s first involvement with the Oscars.
"We are very excited to collaborate with the Academy to produce the 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."
The 85th Academy Awards will air live on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013. Zadan and Meron we’ll be watching!