Don Mischer to Direct 85th Academy Awards

Don Mischer
Don Mischer
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Don Mischer will direct the 85th Academy Awards, marking his third consecutive year at the helm of the awards show.

The telecast's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Thursday that the Academy will once again work with Don Mischer Productions, which also produces the Oscar red carpet preshow and the annual Governors Awards. "For a very long time, we had always hoped to work with Don Mischer," the producers said. "His talent and reputation are unsurpassed, and we're so happy he will be our collaborator on the 85th Academy Awards."

In addition to directing the past two Oscar shows, Mischer served as one of the producers of the 83rd and 84th Academy Awards and was nominated for Emmys for directing both shows.

Mischer Productions' Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare will again produce the Oscar preshow. For the fourth consecutive year, the company will produce the Governors Awards, alongside Academy governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs

"I am so very excited to be directing the Academy Awards again this year and to be working with creative producers like Craig and Neil," Mischer said. 

Mischer's other credits include We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, The Kennedy Center Honors, several Super Bowl halftime shows and the opening ceremonies of Winter and Summer Olympic Games.

The 85th Academy Awards will be televised live by ABC on Feb. 24 from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. 

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