Zadan and Meron have been invited back, which means we can once again expect a digitally active Oscars ceremony.
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.
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.
"Their showmanship has elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum going with this creative partnership," said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, of Zadan and Meron.
The duo had some making up to do after Seth Macfarlane ignited controversy in 2013.
Last year, the producers were under pressure to deliver broad appeal and boost ratings, after Seth McFarlane’s turn hosting in 2013 caused widespread controversy. With gags like a mid-show pizza delivery and a massive star-studded selfie, Helen managed to restore not only the show’s ratings, but also Zadan and Meron’s good rep with the Academy, so the two directors should have nearly free reign over the 2015 awards. The host for next year is yet to be announced, but his or her reveal should let us know more about the direction of next year’s show.