Academy Award¬Æ-winning producer Bruce Cohen and acclaimed television producer/director Don Mischer will produce the 83rd Academy Awards telecast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced this evening. Mischer will also serve as the telecast‚Äôs director. This will be the first involvement with the Oscar¬Æ telecast for both men, though the two worked together on the Academy‚Äôs inaugural Governors Awards event in November of 2010.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm absolutely ecstatic that Bruce and Don have accepted my invitation to produce and direct the 83rd Academy Awards telecast,‚Äù said Sherak. ‚ÄúTheir work in producing the Academy‚Äôs inaugural Governors Awards was exceptional and I am confident they will bring their creative vision and extraordinary talent to produce/direct a most memorable Oscar show.‚Äù
‚ÄúI fell in love with the Oscars as an eight-year-old kid, the night my grandmothers let me stay up to watch for the first time,‚Äù said Cohen. ‚ÄúIt is a dream come true for me to now be producing the show with the phenomenal Don Mischer, whom I‚Äôve had an incredible time working with in the past. We hope to create a show that celebrates what people around the world love about the Academy Awards year after year ‚Äì the excitement, glamour and tradition of Oscar Night itself.‚Äù
‚ÄúDuring my previous collaborations with Bruce, I have come to know him as a passionate, smart and creative producer, and I couldn‚Äôt be more thrilled to now be working with him on the Oscars,‚Äù said Mischer. ‚ÄúAs a producer and director, I have always been inspired by the live broadcast of major, high-profile events and when it comes to that, it doesn‚Äôt get any bigger than the Academy Awards. The Oscars are truly ‚Äòappointment‚Äô television, they‚Äôre eagerly anticipated around the world, and they offer a unique opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary artists who take us on a journey every time we step into a movie theater.‚Äù
Cohen won an Academy Award in 1999 as producer, with Dan Jinks, of Best Picture ‚ÄúAmerican Beauty.‚Äù He and Jinks were again nominated in the Best Picture category in 2008 for ‚ÄúMilk.‚Äù Cohen‚Äôs other movie producing credits include ‚ÄúThe Flintstones‚Äù (1994), ‚ÄúDown with Love‚Äù (2003), ‚ÄúBig Fish‚Äù (2003), ‚ÄúThe Forgotten‚Äù (2004) and ‚ÄúThe Nines‚Äù (2007). In television, Cohen‚Äôs credits include ‚ÄúPushing Daisies,‚Äù ‚ÄúTraveler‚Äù and ‚ÄúSide Order of Life,‚Äù all as executive producer. He also executive produced the Emmy-nominated special ‚ÄúMovies Rock‚Äù in 2007, with Mischer.
Mischer‚Äôs producer/director credits include ‚ÄúWe Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial,‚Äù ‚ÄúThe Kennedy Center Honors,‚Äù several Super Bowl half-time shows and the opening ceremonies of both Winter and Summer Olympic Games. He has also produced specials with a wide range of musical performers, including Barbra Streisand, Willie Nelson, Beyonce, Yo Yo Ma and Carrie Underwood. Among the many honors he has earned are 15 Emmy Awards, 10 Directors Guild of America Awards, two NAACP Image Awards and a Peabody Award.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.