They served as executive producers on the 2002 Best Picture winner "Chicago," which won Oscars
® in six of the 13 categories in which it was nominated. No, they are teaming up again to produce next year's Oscar telecast,
it was announced today (Aug. 23) by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
They are Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
President Hawk Koch announced that Zadan and Meron will produce the 85th Annual Academy Awards. it will be the duo's first involvement with the Oscars. The 85th Academy Awards will air live on Oscar® Sunday, Feb. 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."
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."
"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 No. 1. It’s truly a great honor."
For Broadway, they recently produced the Tony Award® winning revivals of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Promises, Promises."
"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."
With the success behind this power duo, the speculation will grow more directly to a host and what kind of production numbers will be added to the show. Furthermore, it will become more clear in which direction the show may take as well. With this announcement, one will have to lean towards musical numbers and a splash of song, which has taken a back seat of late.