Will the Third Time be the Charm for Oscar’s Returning Producers?

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Produce 2015 Oscars
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Photo by Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be bringing back Neil Meron and Craig Zadan to produce the 2015 Oscars set for February 22nd on ABC. Meron and Zadan previously produced the 2013 and 2014 Academy Awards, with last year’s ceremony hosted my Ellen DeGeneres drawing in 45.4 million viewers. That’s the best viewership numbers since 2000, and the 2014 Oscars also set a new record on Twitter when DeGeneres posted a celebrity-filled selfie that was viewed more than 32.8 million times.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Craig and Neil back to produce the Oscars again in 2015,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their showmanship has elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum going with this creative partnership.”

“This year’s show reached viewers of all ages and set social media records, proving that Craig and Neil are masters at tapping into the zeitgeist and capturing the hearts of movie fans around the world,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

“We are delighted to work with Cheryl, Dawn and the Academy to produce the Oscars for a third time,” said Zadan and Meron. “We’re proud of the show’s success over the last two years and are eager to embark on another entertaining show to honor this year’s motion pictures.”

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

-By Rebecca Murray

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