ABC's Roger Goodman joins Oscars team

Laurence Mark, Bill Condon tap telecast director

Producer Laurence Mark and exec producer Bill Condon, who have been charged with rethinking the Oscar ceremony, have turned to an Oscar newbie, Roger Goodman, to direct the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

Goodman, vp special projects at ABC, will be directing his first Oscar broadcast.

As a live events producer-director, Goodman will first direct ABC News' coverage of the presidential inauguration in January.

His credits include the Academy Awards Countdown Show, the Daytime Emmy Awards, Summer and Winter Olympic Games, Super Bowl halftime shows, the Indianapolis 500 and the Kentucky Derby, as well as "20/20," "Primetime," "Nightline" and "Good Morning America."

In addition, Goodman, who has won 25 Emmys, directed and co-executive produced ABC News' 24-hour global news and entertainment coverage of the turning of the millennium, which involved more than 200 cameras, 32 satellites, four control rooms and staff of more than 1,000 technicians.

"Roger has an impressive list of credentials, particularly as relates to live television," Mark and Condon said. "We're thrilled that he'll be bringing his keen eye and dynamic approach to the Oscar show."

The Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC on Feb. 22 from the Kodak Theater at Hollywood & Highland.
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