The 82nd Academy Awards will be produced by director Adam Shankman and CEO of Pandemonium Films Bill Mechanic. I can’t say if I’m excited or not about the decision being as I don’t really have an opinion about either of them, but I wish them the best. The best news is now that they have a producer selected, it shouldn’t be long before the host is announced.
View the full press release from the official Oscar website after the jump:
Beverly Hills, CA (October 20, 2009) â€” Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman will produce the 82nd Academy AwardsÂ® telecast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced today. This will be the first major Oscar show involvement for both men.
â€œI couldnâ€™t be happier to have this talented team on board,â€ said Sherak. â€œIâ€™ve known Bill for many years so itâ€™s like putting Oscar in the care of a dear friend. Bill has a tremendous love and respect of film and will draw from his vast experience as a producer, a studio executive and a film historian to help make this yearâ€™s Oscar telecast a memorable one. And Adamâ€™s experience in producing, directing and especially choreography will be a huge asset to the production.â€
â€œIâ€™m thrilled to be producing the Oscars with Adam,â€ said Mechanic. â€œI think Adam has the perfect background and spirit to make the show both unique and fun to watch. Together we will build upon the best traditions from the great shows of the past while helping pave the way to the future.â€
â€œThe last time I was on the show was as a dancer, and to come back as a producer is such an unbelievable honor,â€ said Shankman. â€œI look forward to collaborating with Bill to celebrate the worldâ€™s collective love of movies and provide a fun escape from the difficult times weâ€™re living in. Simply put, there is no show like the Oscars and I am thrilled to be a part of our industryâ€™s most treasured tradition.â€
Mechanic is the chairman and CEO of Pandemonium Films and the former chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment. While at Fox, the studio released titles including â€œTrue Liesâ€ (1994), â€œBraveheartâ€ (1995), â€œTitanicâ€ (1997), â€œThe Full Montyâ€ (1997), â€œThereâ€™s Something About Maryâ€ (1998), â€œBoys Donâ€™t Cryâ€ (1999) and â€œCast Awayâ€ (2000) among many others. Prior to Fox, he served in executive positions at the Walt Disney Company and Paramount. Mechanicâ€™s producer credits include this yearâ€™s animated feature â€œCoralineâ€ and the thriller â€œDark Waterâ€ (2005).
Shankmanâ€™s Â directorial credits include â€œBedtime Storiesâ€ (2008), â€œHairsprayâ€ (2007), â€œA Walk To Rememberâ€ (2002) and â€œThe Wedding Plannerâ€ (2001). His upcoming projects include â€œRock of Ages,â€ â€œSinbad,â€ â€œBob: The Musicalâ€ and â€œBye Bye Birdie.â€Â In addition to directing, Shankman, along with his sister, Jennifer Gibgot, produce films through their shingle, Offspring Entertainment. Together they are currently producing â€œThe Last Song,â€ â€œGoing The Distanceâ€ and â€œStepÂ Up 3D,â€ all set for 2010 release.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland CenterÂ®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
[Source: Awards Daily]