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    87TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
    Sunday, February 22, 2015 on ABC

    CEREMONY PRODUCERS:
    Neil Meron & Craig Zadan

    CEREMONY HOST:
    To Be Announced

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    BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Motion picture, television
    and theater producing team Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to
    produce the Oscars for a third consecutive year, Academy President
    Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The 87th Oscars will air live on
    the ABC Television Network on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015.

    “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Craig and Neil back to produce
    the Oscars again in 2015,” said Boone Isaacs. “Their showmanship has
    elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum
    going with this creative partnership.”

    “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,” said
    Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

    “We are delighted to work with Cheryl, Dawn and the Academy to
    produce the Oscars for a third time,” said Zadan and Meron. “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.”

    The 86th Oscars on March 2, marked the return of host Ellen
    DeGeneres, and featured memorable musical performances by artists
    including Pharrell Williams and U2, a tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” by
    Pink, and a star-studded, record-breaking selfie seen around the world.

    The show drew an average audience of 45.4 million total viewers,
    delivering a 13.7 rating among adults 18–49 (Live+7), and reached 74.6
    million viewers watching 6+ minutes, the best since 2004. The Oscars
    were TV’s most-watched entertainment telecast in 10 years and attracted
    the biggest viewership in 14 years. The show helped drive increases for
    the second consecutive year, marking a seven-year high for adults 18–34
    (+3%); a nine-year high for teens 12–17 (+13%); and an eight-year high
    for kids 2–11 (+13%). Social media activity was particularly robust with
    more than one billion impressions generated on Twitter and 25 million
    interactions happening on Facebook on Oscar® Sunday. Additionally,
    DeGeneres’s selfie became the most retweeted photo of all time with 32.8
    million views.

    Zadan and Meron’s feature film, television and theater productions
    have earned a total of six Oscars, 11 Emmy® Awards, two Tony® Awards, a
    Grammy® Award, five Golden Globes®, two Peabody Awards, five GLAAD
    Awards and two NAACP Image Awards. For film, they executive produced the
    2002 Best Picture winner “Chicago,” which won Oscars in six of the 13
    categories in which it was nominated. Their credits also include the
    feature films “Footloose” (2011), “Hairspray” (2007) and “The Bucket
    List” (2007). Zadan also produced the original “Footloose” (1984).

    For television, Zadan and Meron executive produced last year’s
    groundbreaking “The Sound of Music Live!” which drew a record-breaking
    21.3 million viewers. Their other critically acclaimed credits include
    last year’s miniseries “Bonnie and Clyde,” the TV series “Smash” and
    “Drop Dead Diva.” The duo has also produced such Emmy-nominated
    television movies as “Steel Magnolias,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” as well
    as “Annie,” “Serving in Silence,” “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
    Cinderella” and “Gypsy.”

    On Broadway, they recently produced the revivals of the Tony-winning
    “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” starring Daniel
    Radcliffe and John Larroquette, and the Tony-winning “Promises,
    Promises” starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.

    Zadan and Meron’s upcoming projects include executive producing the
    television musical “Peter Pan Live!” Their new MTV comedy series,
    “Happyland,” premieres this summer. For the big screen, Zadan and Meron
    are producing “Pippin” for the Weinstein Company, a musical based on the
    extensive Beach Boys song catalog for Fox 2000 Pictures, and “Monster
    High” based on the Mattel franchise for Universal Pictures.

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    babypook
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    Wow. They sure like one another huh? Lol.

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