Oscars: Greg Berlanti to Serve as Head Writer for Telecast
Director Hamish Hamilton returns for his third outing as director as more members of the show's production team were announced Friday
The Flash and Arrow writer Greg Berlanti will serve as head writer for the 2015 ABC telecast, it was announced Friday. The 2015 show will serve as Berlanti's first time writing for the Oscars. He previously wrote for TV series such as Everwood and Dawson's Creek and movies including Wrath of the Titans and Green Lantern. He also directed the 2010 romantic comedy Life as We Know It.
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Joining Berlanti on the writing staff will be past collaborators Michael Green and Andrew Kreisberg along with Seth Grahame-Smith. Green previously wrote for Green Lantern, Everwood and Heroes. Kreisberg has written episodes of Arrow and The Flash and worked on The Simpsons, Boston Legal and Fringe. Grahame-Smith is a writer-producer who has worked on TV series such as The Hard Times of RJ Berger and films such as Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Also making his Oscar debut with the 2015 telecast is music director Stephen Oremus, who won two Tony Awards for best orchestration for his work on The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots. He also worked on Avenue Q and Wicked, among other stage shows. Oremus also arranged and produced the version of "New York, New York" sung by Carey Mulligan in the 2011 film Shame, which starred Michael Fassbender.
Hamish Hamilton returns as director of the telecast, making it his third time working on the show. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on the 2014 Oscars. Others returning to work on this year's telecast include production designer Derek McLane, choreographer Rob Ashford, costume designer Julie Weiss, talent producer Taryn Hurd, supervising producer Michael Seligman, co-producer Lee Lodge and lighting designer Robert Dickinson.
The 87th Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and will be televised live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015.