Oscar producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd are surrounding themselves with many of the veterans that helped them make their first stint last year such a success, barring that last-minute snafu with the Best Picture envelope. On Friday they confirmed the top-notch production team for the upcoming 90th annual Academy Awards on March 4. As the producers noted, “This team brings more than 90 years of combined Oscars telecast experience. Collaborating with them as we celebrate the 90th year of the Oscars is both fitting and thrilling.”
Director: Glenn Weiss
The Emmy-winning helmer of the Tony Awards is returning to oversee the telecast for a third year running. He has won 13 Emmy Awards, including one for the 89th Oscars, for which he also won a DGA Award. Weiss has directed numerous televised events, including 17 Tony Awards shows. Other directing credits include multiple “Primetime Emmy Awards,“ “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “BET Awards,” “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” and the “American Music Awards.”
Supervising Producer: Rob Paine
He has been associated with the Oscar telecast for over 20 years and has more than 200 television events to his name and has earned six Emmy nominations and a Peabody Award. His other credits include 12 Super Bowl Halftime Shows, “The Kennedy Center Honors” and the “Primetime Emmy Awards.”
Writer: Jon Macks
This is the 21st time writing on the Oscars for this eight-time Emmy nominee; he has been the head writer for the hosts on seven Oscar telecasts. In addition to his work on the Oscars, Macks wrote for 22 years on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and writes for Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Chris Rock and Martin Short.
Writer: Dave Boone
He is a 10-time Emmy nominee, who won twice as head writer of the “Tony Awards.” Boone has written for 11 Oscars telecasts, dating back to the “70th Oscars,” with host Billy Crystal. He has also served as head writer of “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “The Screen Actors Guild Awards” and the “87th Oscars.”
Writer: Carol Leifer
She has written for the Oscars telecast seven times. Other writing credits include “Seinfeld,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Modern Family,” “Primetime Emmy Awards” and the “Tony Awards.” Leifer was discovered by David Letterman and appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman” 27 times. She is a four-time Emmy nominee.
Music: Harold Wheeler
He returns for his fifth Oscar telecast. An accomplished orchestrator, composer, conductor, record producer and arranger, Wheeler has received multiple Emmy and Tony Award nominations as well as an NAACP Theatre Award for lifetime achievement. His television credits include the “People’s Choice Awards,” “AFI’s 100 Years…” series 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 musicals including “Hairspray,” “The Full Monty,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Wiz” and “Promises, Promises.”
Production Designer: Derek McLane
He returns to the Oscars for a sixth consecutive year. He has earned Emmy nominations for every year of his work on the Oscar telecasts and won in 2014. His other television credits include “Hairspray Live!,” “The Wiz Live!,” “Peter Pan Live!” and “The Sound of Music Live!” McLane also has designed sets for several acclaimed Broadway productions; he received a Tony Award for his work on the drama “33 Variations” as well as three nominations for musicals.
Lightning Designer: Robert Dickinson
He returns for his 29th Oscar show. He has won 18 Primetime Emmy Awards, including three for Oscar telecasts. Additionally, Dickinson has been honored with two Daytime Emmy Awards. His credits include “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “The Grammys,” “Primetime Emmy Awards,” “Tony Awards” and “Academy of Country Music Awards”; Olympics ceremonies in Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Athens and Vancouver; the ceremonies of the European Games in Baku; and the specials “Peter Pan Live!” and “The Sound of Music Live!”
Talent Producer: Taryn Hurd
She rejoins the Oscar telecast team for the fifth consecutive year and has served as talent producer on the past four Governors Awards ceremonies along with numerous variety television specials and award shows.
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