An Oscar host hasn't been named for the 2013 event, however the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the same 'Academy' thanked by every Oscar winner) has revealed the show's producers. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been tapped to help guide the 85th Academy Awards, so says Academy President Hawk Koch.
Neither Zadan nor Meron have ever produced the Oscars before, which is fine as fresh blood is always welcome since that could mean - cross your fingers - fresh ideas for the telecast. And, they're not exactly strangers to award shows. Between the two, they've collected 73 Emmy® nominations, 12 Tony nominations, and seven Grammy® nominations.
Announcing Zadan and Meron's involvement, Koch stated: "Craig and Neil are forward thinkers who bring a unique perspective to the Oscar show. Their enormous collective talent, coupled with their love of film, serves our show perfectly."
"We are very excited to collaborate with Hawk and everyone at the Academy to produce this year's Oscars," said Zadan and Meron. "We hope to utilize our experience in producing features, TV and theater to bring something fresh and special to this incredible awards show. When we filmed The Bucket List, we made our own personal bucket list, and producing the Oscars was #1. It's truly a great honor."
The 2013 Academy Awards will take place on February 24th.
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