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.

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  • steve50

    I smell lots of musical numbers. Great for snack refills and pee breaks.

  • rufussondheim

    I just wish the Oscars got off their high horse and modeled their broadcast after the Tonys. Of course the Tony awards have the advantage where the non-awards segments are the main attractions of the broadcast.

    But what the Tonys do so excellently is their fast pace. And when they have filler, it’s brilliantly executed.

    Another thing the Ocars need to do is to stop trying be funny with one-off jokes by the presenters. If you don’t do a sustained bit than don’t try to be funny. It’s very difficult to pull off and it usually creates a halt in momentum right before the winner is announced.

  • Mr. Pricklepants

    Never heard of these guys.

  • moviefilm

    That makes me think, that this fact increases the chances of Les Mis to win some more categories, that were expected so far. And I’m very glad of that.
    And I’m also glad for them, because I really love musicals and I think they’ll bring here more musical numbers. And there is a chance (at least I hope) that Hugh Jackman will be the host. But the best hosts would be Hugh with Anne. Or Neil Patrick Harris. Alone, or not… 🙂

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