After their highly criticised, but still highly successful February Oscar telecast, producer Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been asked to return once again to oversee the ceremonies next year. The news was announced on Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that the musical producers would be coming back. The announcement comes much earlier than usual, with the 2014 Oscars not taking place until March 2nd of next year.
Zadan and Meron have strong ties in the theatre and musical industry, having produced such films as Chicago and Hairspray together in the past and including a very star-studded musical tribute to Chicago during this year’s Oscars. The pair also maintains strong relationships with a slew of actors including Jack Nicholson, Barbara Streisand, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe, to name a few. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson named these relationships as one of the reasons they were welcoming back the duo with open arms. “Craig and Neil have great relationships, a sense of showmanship, and a passion for our Academy, and they’re a pleasure to work with. All perfect qualities for our show.”
The ABC broadcast of the Oscars on February 24th was one of the highest rated Oscars in recent years, with viewership increasing by 11% in the all-important 18-49 demographic. Zadan and Meron have the full support of the Academy’s Governors, as was stated by 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,” said Koch.
There is still no host announced of course, and I think it is pretty safe to say that MacFarlane won’t be making a return appearance.
Do you think Zadan and Meron did a good job with this year’s Oscars? Who do you think the next host should be?