Live TV veterans Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner have been named executive producers for the 95th Academy Awards.
Bill Kramer, chief executive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said they were chosen as part of “an emphasis on expertise in producing live television events”.
This decision marks a change in strategy because in recent years the event has been co-produced by filmmakers from the big screen.
For the 2022 edition, Will Packer, known for his comedies, was selected, while 2021 saw Steven Soderbergh, whose films include Erin Brockovitch, Contagion and the Ocean Trilogy, considering the role.
Weiss will also serve as director for an eighth straight year, having won two Primetime Emmys for previous editions.
Meet our executive producers for the 95th #Oscars, Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner. Welcome in the team!
The 95th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theatre. https://t.co/kuykzkrmRh
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Kirshner has over 30 years of experience producing entertainment, including Tony Awards and 14 Super Bowl halftime shows.
Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang said: “We are thrilled to have Glenn and Ricky at the helm. Their expertise in live television production is just what the Oscars need.
“We look forward to working closely with them, our Board of Governors and the Board Awards Committee to deliver an exciting and energetic show.
“Joining them is an incredible roster of creative partners – David Chamberlin, Lisa Love, Raul Avila, Kenny Gravillis, Misty Buckley and Alana Billingsley – who will bring fresh ideas to the broadcast and red carpet.”
Weiss and Kirshner said, “Bill made us ‘an offer we couldn’t refuse’, but he really ‘greeted’ us.”
The 95th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theater at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC in the United States.
Source: Press Association