Oscars: Craig Zadan, Neil Meron Returning as Producers
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are returning to produce the Oscars for a third consecutive year.
The duo produced the 2014 Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and the previous edition, hosted by Seth MacFarlane.
The 2015 Oscars are set to take place Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will air live on ABC.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced Zadan and Meron's return Monday.
"Their showmanship has elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum going with this creative partnership," she said.
Added Academy CEO Dawn Hudson: "This year's show reached viewers of all ages and set social media records, proving that Craig and Neil are masters at tapping into the zeitgeist and capturing the hearts of movie fans around the world."
"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," Zadan and Meron said in a joint statement.
The 2014 Oscars averaged 45.4 million total viewers and drew a 13.7 rating among adults 18-49 (live-plus-7). The show also was TV’s most watched entertainment telecast in 10 years and attracted the Oscars' biggest viewership in 14 years. Additionally, DeGeneres' selfie became the most retweeted photo of all time.
Zadan and Meron -- whose credits include the Oscar-winning film Chicago and TV series such Smash and Drop Dead Diva -- have an upcoming slate that includes NBC's musical Peter Pan Live! and MTV comedy series Happyland. For the big screen, Zadan and Meron are producing Pippin for the Weinstein Co., a musical based on the Beach Boys song catalog for Fox 2000, and Monster High, based on the Mattel franchise, for Universal.