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#Oscars2015? Zadan And Meron To Produce Academy Awards For Third Consecutive Year


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The directorial duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have become favorites around Hollywood come awards season and now they’ve been called on again to produce the 2015 Oscars ceremony. This will be Zadan and Meron’s third consecutive year running the live broadcast after this year’s ceremony brought in the best ratings in 14 years. Almost 44 million viewers in the United States tuned into the ABC live telecast of Hollywood's biggest night, hosted by comedian, talk show host and potential demigod Ellen Degeneres, 8 percent more than the previous year and the highest number since 2000, according to Nielsen ratings data, via Reuters.

Craig Zadan, Neil Meron
Zadan and Meron's last turn at the Oscars was nothing short of a rousing success.

Whatever Zadan and Meron are doing – so far they have been banking on broad social media appeal – has been working.

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Oscar Producers Zadan And Meron Tease Some Of This Year's Biggest Moments


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Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made a controversial hit out of the Oscars last year, but they might be on thin ice this time. Getting Seth McFarlane to host anything is a risky bet and his antics last year got a lot of people – notably the feminist crowd – pretty riled up. The controversy served its purpose. Last year’s show pulled in 40.3 million US viewers, the largest audience the show has had in three years. Zadan and Meron’s show was a hit with the key 18-49 demographic and the duo were invited back this year.

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Ellen might be a safer choice for host, but she is far from boring.

And yet. The choice of Ellen for this year’s host suggests that the producers were at least a little bit intimidated by last year’s backlash. This year’s host, Ellen, while hilarious and ever entertaining, is a much safer option and has proven appeal with the Oscars’ key demo – women.

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Wizard Of Oz To Be Celebrated At Oscars


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The Oscars will celebrate the 75th anniversary of 'Wizard Of Oz'.

The iconic musical adventure film starring the late Judy Garland - which received six nominations in 1939 - will be given a special tribute at the 86th Academy Awards which will take place on March 2 in Los Angeles.

Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said: ''We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year's Oscars.''

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Chicago Producers To Adapt Pippin Musical For Big Screen


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Chicago producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are hoping to find stage-to-cinema success yet again with a big screen adaptation of hit musical Pippin.

In 2002, the Emmy-nominated duo teamed up to produce the movie version of Chicago, which earned six Oscars, including Best Picture.

Now Zadan and Meron are coming together once more to bring the Middle Ages-era musical to life at the cinema.

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Oscar Producers Rehired


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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Hawk Koch announced on Monday that he has rehired Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce next year's Oscar ceremony. In reporting the decision, the Los Angeles Times observed that it is unusual in that ordinarily the incoming president, who will be chosen in July, makes the decision on who is going to produce the Oscars. However, the Times noted, Koch's move had the full backing of the 43-member governing board. Contacted in Beijing where he is attending a film festival, Koch told the Times: One of the problems we have every year is that you always have a new producer and a new host -- there's so much learning. ... It's so much better when you have continuity. But on her popular Dateline.com industry website, Nikki Finke needled Koch, accusing him of pulling a fast one on whomever [sic] is elected the incoming president this summer and saying that his decision gives new definition to the word chutzpah inasmuch as choosing the producers of the Oscars is probably the single most important job of the AMPAS president.


High Ratings See Craig Zadan And Neil Meron Re-Hired For Oscars 2014


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Despite widespread criticism – although primarily directed at the host, Seth Macfarlane – The Oscars 2013 was considered a success by The Academy due to the high ratings, especially in the much coveted demographic of ‘young people’.

And in that light, the decision to bring Caig Zadan and Neil Meron back as producers seems less strange. The ceremony was rich in set pieces; Macfarlane, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe did a number, as did the entire crew of Les Miserables. Turns out, people love all that.

Craig Zadan and Neil MeronPartners in crime - Zadan [L] and Meron [R] will work on The Oscars again

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24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards held at New York Marriott Marquis - Arrivals - New York City, NY, United States - Saturday 16th March 2013

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron

How Secrets And Lies Got Michelle Obama To The Oscars


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Michelle Obama was the surprise turn at an otherwise predictable Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday evening (February 24, 2013), presenting the prize of Best Picture to Iranian hostage drama Argo via video-link up. A debate soon erupted on social networking sites: was it right and proper for the First Lady of the United States of America to be getting involved with the Oscars? Right or not, it proved one hell of a job keeping the whole thing under wraps, as the New York Times has since discovered.

"The Academy Awards approached the first lady about being a part of the ceremony," said Kristina Schake, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Obama. "As a movie lover, she was honored to present the award and celebrate the artists who inspire us all, especially our young people, with their passion, skill and imagination." The original idea to have Mrs Obama participate in the ceremony was hatched by the producers, with film mogul Harvey Weinstein also having a hand in proceedings. "Literally from the first day we were hired we thought, 'How can we make this special?'" said Neil Meron, who helmed the event with Craig Zadan. "We were hoping Obama would win [the elected] so we could have our plan executed." Meron and Zadan soon discovered that Mr Weinstein was pretty close to the Obama family, and the Django Unchained producer made the initial calls. "If we went through normal channels the odds were small it would happen," said Zadan.

The initial plan was for Mrs Obama to guest at the awards show, though the First Lady had a conflict of engagements. After agreeing on a video-link, Meron and Zadan were given a private flight for the trip to Washington though told people they were heading to New York to avoid suspicion. The only other invited Oscars guest to know of the surprise was actor Jack Nicholson, who presented Mrs Obama from the stage in Hollywood. Wearing a shimmering Naeem Khan gown, the First Lady did the honours and opened the all-important envelope to reveal Ben Affleck's C.I.A drama as the winner of this year's Oscar for Best Picture. 

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Stars To Sing Live In Oscars Musical Tribute


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The cast of 'Les Miserables', Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Hudson will sing live at the Oscars.

The Academy Awards will pay tribute to musical films on Sunday (24.02.13) with a big song-and-dance segment featuring the stars of 'Les Mis' - including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks and Helena Bonham Carter - along with Oscar winners Catherine and Jennifer, who will revisit their roles from 'Chicago' and 'Dreamgirls' respectively.

The musical tribute will pay homage to the three successful films, each of which were hugely successful at the Oscars, with 'Les Miserables' earning a total of eight nominations at this year's ceremony. Meanwhile, 'Chicago' received an impressive 12 nominations in 2003 and won in six categories, including the top prize for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Catherine. 'Dreamgirls' led the nominations pack at the 2007 Oscars with eight and earned Jennifer the Best Supporting Actress award.

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The Oscars: An Early Sell-out For Abc


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Advertisers are presumably betting that this year's Academy Awards show, to be hosted by Seth MacFarlane and produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, with performances by Barbra Streisand, Adele, and Norah Jones, will be a bigger ratings winner than recent Oscar telecasts. According to today's (Thursday) Los Angeles Times, they've already bought up all available spots for the Feb. 24 telecast on ABC, shelling out $1.70-1.85 million per 30-second spot. As the Times observed, In years past, advertising sales for the annual Academy Awards show would stretch into February with last-minute spots selling during Oscar weekend. The telecast is also expected to receive a big boost from social media, something that occurred last year and is expected to advance further this year. The annual telecast is generally the second-highest-rated telecast of the year after the Super Bowl. Moreover, it is regarded as DVR-proof. Viewers want to learn who the winners are as soon as the announcements are made and are therefore loath to record it so that they can skip commercials.


Channing Tatum To Present At Oscars


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Channing Tatum has joined the Oscars presenting line up.

The 'Magic Mike' hunk will take to the stage alongside fellow thespians Charlize Theron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe to help present the 85th Academy Awards live broadcast on February 24.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the telecast's producers, said in a statement: ''We are quite excited to have Charlize, Chan, Joe and Dan join us on the show. We are happy to feature them as special guests in our production.''

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23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards At The Marriott Marquis Hotel - Arrivals

Craig Zadan - Craig Zadan amd Neil Meron Saturday 24th March 2012 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Marriott Marquis Hotel - Arrivals

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After Party For Darren Criss's Broadway Debut In The Musical 'How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying', Held At Sardi's Restaurant.

Beau Bridges, Craig Zadan and Darren Criss - guest, Beau Bridges, Darren Criss, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan New York City, USA - After party for Darren Criss's Broadway debut in the musical 'How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying', held at Sardi's restaurant. Tuesday 3rd January 2012

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Darren Criss and Beau Bridges
Darren Criss and Beau Bridges
Darren Criss and Beau Bridges
Darren Criss and Beau Bridges
Darren Criss and Beau Bridges

The New York Musical Theatre Festival's Eighth Season Awards Gala At The Hudson Theatre - Arrivals

Craig Zadan and The Hudson Theatre - Neil Meron and Craig Zadan New York City, USA - The New York Musical Theatre Festival's Eighth Season Awards Gala at the Hudson Theatre - Arrivals Sunday 6th November 2011

Christian Borle, Craig Zadan, Debra Messing and The Hudson Theatre
Debra Messing, Craig Zadan and The Hudson Theatre

The New York Musical Theatre Festival's Eighth Season Awards Gala At The Hudson Theatre - Pre-Show

Katharine Mcphee, Craig Zadan and The Hudson Theatre - Neil Meron, Katharine McPhee and Craig Zadan New York City, USA - The New York Musical Theatre Festival's Eighth Season Awards Gala at the Hudson Theatre - Pre-Show Sunday 6th November 2011

Katharine Mcphee, Craig Zadan and The Hudson Theatre
Katharine Mcphee and The Hudson Theatre
Katharine Mcphee and The Hudson Theatre
Katharine Mcphee and The Hudson Theatre
Katharine Mcphee and The Hudson Theatre
Katharine Mcphee and The Hudson Theatre
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