ABC and the Motion Picture Academy are making a big change behind the cameras ahead of the upcoming 91st Oscars. Academy President John Bailey announced today that Oscar-winning producer Donna Gigliotti will produce the 91st Oscars, with Emmy-winning director Glenn Weiss to co-produce and direct the show.
The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC.
“Donna and Glenn will infuse new energy and vision into this 91st awards presentation, and we are excited about a broad-based creative relationship with these two artists,” said Bailey.
Weiss has also directed the three previous Oscars ceremonies, including the infamous Best Picture envelope fiasco in 2017.
The move comes as the Oscars, along with other major awards ceremonies, contend with overcrowding in the awards space and significant ratings erosion in recent years.
Pete Hammond notes in an analysis piece on the decision for Deadline that Bailey and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson “have assembled a strong team that should be well-equipped to deliver what is markedly going to be a bit of a re-invention. That includes an ironclad pledge to bring the show in at three hours and no more, as well as presenting some categories in a radically different way than in the past.”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to Deadline to read Hammond’s analysis.
To read the full announcement from ABC about the hiring decisions, please click here.