Oscar Producers Rehired
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.