Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin have announced the production team for Feb. 28's 88th Academy Awards telecast on ABC. There are quite a few familiar faces, as well as new faces.
We told you exclusively Jan. 18 that Derek McLane would be returning to design the Oscars stage.
And now producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin have (finally) announced the rest of the production team for Feb. 28's 88th Academy Awards telecast on ABC.
Last year, the news came 100 days before the ceremony. Today's announcement is a mere nine days before the show, but you can bet this team has already put in months working on the big show.
Here are all of the positions announced Friday, including quite a few new faces:
Glenn Weiss will make his Oscar telecast debut as director on Feb. 28, but awards shows and live events are his specialty. He has directed 15 Tony Awards shows, for which he has won three directing Emmys. He has directed the Primetime Emmys, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, BET Awards, “Peter Pan Live!” and “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”
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Supervising producer Michael Seligman will make 39 years of association with the Oscars as supervising producer this year. He has has earned 13 Emmy nominations, including 11 for his work on Oscar telecasts.
Cindy Hauser, Nicolle Yaron and Chris Pizzi are all new to the telecast this year.
Cindy Hauser will serve as the screens and content producer, overseeing the creation of several on-screen visuals, including the In Memoriam segment. Hauser has worked in graphics and visual displays as well as produced several high-profile live events, including “YouTube Play” at the Guggenheim Museum, “YouTube OnStage Live from the Kennedy Center” and “Google Engage” events in Dublin and Singapore.
Making her Oscar debut as element producer, Nicolle Yaron will be coordinating with the Academy on social media. Her credits include “The Voice,” for which she received an Emmy Award as a senior supervising producer. Other credits include the Primetime Emmy Awards, People’s Choice Awards and the MTV Movie Awards.
Chris Pizzi, this year’s insert producer, will be working with Lori Margules, who is the consulting producer on nomination packages. He is a three-time Sports Emmy-winning producer for NFL, PGA and NASCAR studio shows for FOX Sports. Margules’ credits include previous Oscar telecasts as well as the Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Arrivals Special, NAACP Image Awards, BET Awards and Billboard Music Awards.
|McLane. Photo: Academy|
As we first reported in January, Derek McLane returns to the Oscars for a fourth consecutive year as production designer. He earned Emmy nominations for his work on each of the previous telecasts and won in 2014. For the second year in a row, McLane won the Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence In Production Design for Awards, Music, or Game Shows for the Oscars. His other television credits include “The Wiz Live!,” “Peter Pan Live!” and “The Sound of Music Live!” He also has designed sets for Broadway and received a Tony Award for his work on the drama “33 Variations,” as well as three nominations for musicals.
Fatima Robinson rejoins the production team as show choreographer, having previously worked on the 79th and 81st Oscar telecasts, as well as choreographing Pharrell Williams’s performance of “Happy” for the 86th Oscars. She has recently served as performance producer and choreographer for several episodes of “The Voice.” Other credits include feature film “Dreamgirls” and television events “The Wiz Live!,” the BET Awards, American Music Awards and “Grammy Awards.
Also making his Oscar debut is Billy Kimball as head writer. He has written for the Academy before with the Governors Awards. He will work with Oscar host Chris Rock on writing special material. Kimball has served as writer on the Independent Spirit Awards nine times. Currently, he is writer and consulting producer “Veep” for HBO. Other writing credits include “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” “The Simpsons” and the documentary feature “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” which he co-wrote with Davis Guggenheim.
Supervising Music Producer
Byron Phillips is the Oscar telecast’s supervising music producer. Earlier this month, he served as the co-executive producer of the NAACP Image Awards, after producing the previous three shows. He has held executive positions with BET Networks and Hollywood Records.
|Harold Wheeler on "Dancing with the Stars." Photo: ABC|
Harold Wheeler returns for his third Oscar telecast, but his first as music director. He has numerous Emmy and Tony Award nominations, as well as an NAACP Theatre Award for lifetime achievement. Television credits include the People’s Choice Awards and 17 seasons of “Dancing with the Stars.” Wheeler also composed music for two Democratic National Conventions and the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. On Broadway, he has orchestrated such musicals as “Hairspray,” “The Full Monty,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Wiz” and “Promises, Promises.”
Talent producer Taryn Hurd joins the Oscar telecast team for the third consecutive year. She also has served as talent producer for the past two Governors Awards ceremonies for the Academy.
Lightning designer Robert Dickinson returns for his 26th Oscar show. He has won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Oscar telecasts. His extensive credits include the Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, NAACP Image Awards and American Music Awards; Olympics ceremonies in Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Athens and Vancouver; and the live NBC specials “Peter Pan Live!” and “The Sound of Music Live!”
The 88th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2015, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.