Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Oscar Producers Say Goodbye in Tweet: Who Should Produce the Show Next?


Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have sent a Tweet: they are leaving their roles as producers of the Oscars telecast. The pair did the show for three years. It’s a thankless job, as they learned. The producers of “Chicago” gave the Oscars a lot of musical moments that won’t be forgotten, including the return of Shirley Bassey for the James Bond anniversary.

So who should the next producer be? Remember, before Zadan and Meron it was supposed to be Brett Ratner. Maybe let him try it now. And host? I say Jimmy Kimmel. Just let him do it, already. Whoever does it has to have nerves of steel, that’s for sure.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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