Oscars Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Are Hired Again for Next Year

Kara Warner
Movie Talk
Neil Meron and Craig Zadan
Neil Meron and Craig Zadan

It’s never too early to be thinking about next year’s Oscars, right? Even though the awards ceremony has been pushed back to March 2, 2014 in order to avoid a broadcast clash with the Winter Olympics, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not in any way been sitting on its pre-production laurels and announced Tuesday (April 16) that last year’s executive producer duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been re-hired to produce the 2014 telecast.

There is no word yet on who will take on the highly-scrutinized and challenging hosting gig, but we can probably count out last year’s emcee Seth MacFarlane as a potential candidate, given his sentiments on the subject, which he Tweeted out back in February. That, and the fact that his performance received plenty of negative reactions from various TV watch groups.

Similarly, the telecast itself did not receive any high praise from critics but it did see an overall ratings increase of 19 percent from the coveted 18-49 demographic, a mighty feat regardless and reason enough for the Academy to bring back Zadan and Meron.

"Craig and Neil have the overwhelming support of the Academy governors to produce the Oscars again in 2014,” said Academy president Hawk Koch in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “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."

Zadan and Meron are seasoned producing pros in Hollywood. They were executive producers of “Chicago,” as well as several successful Broadway shows “How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying” and “Promises, Promises.” They currently produce NBC’s “Smash.”