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Former Dancer and Former Top Hollywood Studio Exec to Produce Oscar Broadcast

Oct 21, 2009  •  Post A Comment

With last year’s producers of the well-received telecast of the Academy Awards not available this year, Oscar officials have turned to two men who will produce the show for the first time, Variety reports.

The men are Adam Shankman, a dancer and choreographer-turned-director and producer ("Bedtime Stories," "Hairspray") and Bill Mechanic, the former chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, and producer of the recent “Coraline.” 

Bill Condon and Laurence Mark, who produced the Oscar telecast last year, had been asked back, but couldn’t take on the role because of film commitments. That show, hosted by Hugh Jackman, gave the Oscars its first ratings jump in years.

–Elizabeth Jensen

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