It’s an Oscar hat trick for Craig Zadan and Neil Meron!
The powerful producing duo will produce the Oscars for the third time next year, the Academy announced Monday. This year’s show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres attracted the biggest ratings for any entertainment telecast in the last 10 years and generated the most-talked about (and retweeted) selfie ever.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Craig and Neil back to produce the Oscars again in 2015,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their showmanship has elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum going with this creative partnership.”
In addition to the Oscars, Zadan and Meron have produced many musicals both onstage and on the screen, including the film versions of Chicago and Hairspray, the TV series Smash, and the recent NBC telecast of The Sound of Music Live! They will also return to NBC next year with a live production of Peter Pan.
“We are delighted to work with Cheryl… and the Academy to produce the Oscars for a third time,” said Zadan and Meron in a statment. “We’re proud of the show’s success over the last two years and are eager to embark on another entertaining show to honor this year’s motion pictures.”
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and broadcast on ABC.