The Motion picture, television and theater producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are set to return to produce the Oscars for a third consecutive year, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The 87th Oscars will air live on the ABC Television Network on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015.
We couldnt be more thrilled to have Craig and Neil back to produce the Oscars again in 2015, said 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 years 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. Were proud of the shows success over the last two years and are eager to embark on another entertaining show to honor this years motion pictures.
The 86th Oscars aired on March 2 and marked the return of host Ellen DeGeneres, and featured memorable musical performances by artists including Pharrell Williams and U2, a tribute to The Wizard of Oz” by Pink, and a star-studded, record-breaking selfie seen around the world.
The show drew an average audience of 45.4 million total viewers, delivering a 13.7 rating among adults 1849 (Live+7), and reached 74.6 million viewers watching 6+ minutes, the best since 2004. The Oscars were TVs most-watched entertainment telecast in 10 years and attracted the biggest viewership in 14 years. The show helped drive increases for the second consecutive year, marking a seven-year high for adults 1834 (+3%); a nine-year high for teens 1217 (+13%); and an eight-year high for kids 211 (+13%). Social media activity was particularly robust with more than one billion impressions generated on Twitter and 25 million interactions happening on Facebook on Oscar Sunday. Additionally, DeGeneress selfie became the most retweeted photo of all time with 32.8 million views.
Zadan and Merons feature film, television and theater productions have earned a total of six Oscars, 11 Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, five Golden Globes, two Peabody Awards, five GLAAD Awards and two NAACP Image Awards. For film, they executive produced the 2002 Best Picture winner Chicago, which won Oscars in six of the 13 categories in which it was nominated. Their credits also include the feature films Footloose (2011), Hairspray (2007) and The Bucket List (2007). Zadan also produced the original Footloose (1984).
For television, Zadan and Meron executive produced last years groundbreaking The Sound of Music Live! which drew a record-breaking 21.3 million viewers. Their other critically acclaimed credits include last years miniseries Bonnie and Clyde, the TV series Smash and Drop Dead Diva. The duo has also produced such Emmy-nominated television movies as “Steel Magnolias, A Raisin in the Sun, as well as Annie, Serving in Silence, Rodgers & Hammersteins Cinderella and Gypsy.
On Broadway, they recently produced the revivals of the Tony-winning How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette, and the Tony-winning Promises, Promises starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.
Zadan and Merons upcoming projects include executive producing the television musical Peter Pan Live! Their new MTV comedy series, Happyland, premieres this summer. For the big screen, Zadan and Meron are producing Pippin for the Weinstein Company, a musical based on the extensive Beach Boys song catalog for Fox 2000 Pictures, and Monster High, based on the Mattel franchise for Universal Pictures.
The Oscars 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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