His Kodak moment

ABC's Goodman will direct his first Oscarcast

Producer Laurence Mark and executive 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 direct his first Oscar broadcast. The show will be broadcast live on ABC on Feb. 22 from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.

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

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

Goodman, who has won 25 Emmys, also directed and co-executive produced ABC News' 24-hour global coverage of the turning of the millennium, which involved more than 200 cameras, 32 satellites, four control rooms and 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." (partialdiff)