Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce Oscars again

By Vanessa Frith,

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been picked to produce the Oscars for the second year running and are set to spearhead the 2014 Academy Awards.

The duo received disdane from critics for there production this year, but the Academy’s Governors wish to bring them back, reports Reuters.

"Craig and Neil have the overwhelming support of the Academy governors to produce the Oscars again in 2014,” stated Academy president Hawk Koch. “In order to establish continuity with this year's enormously successful show, we felt it was important to give these consummate professionals the green light now to begin creating another great evening."

It is generally tradition for the Academy president to pick the producers later in the year, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Koch’s one year term is set to run out this summer but he was given the green light to go ahead and hire Zadan and Meron.

While last February’s Oscars saw a rating boost, particularly in the 18-to-49-year-old category, critics still believed that the show spent too much time on musical numbers and that perhaps the spike in ratings came form the nature of the nominees, states Variety.

However, ratings did indeed go up, and Zadan and Meron have a long list of successes in their wake, most notably their work on Chicago.

"Craig and Neil have great relationships, a sense of showmanship and a passion for our Academy,” stated Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, according to The Hollywood reporter. “And they're a pleasure to work with. All perfect qualities for our show."

The Oscars, which will air one week later than normal due to the Winter Olympics, are set for March 2, 2014.



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