Mechanic and Shankman to produce next Oscar for telecast

MUMBAI: Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman will produce the 82nd Academy Awards telecast next year, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas) president Tom Sherak announced.

This will be the first major Oscar show involvement for both men. Sherak says, "I couldn‘t be happier to have this talented team on board. I‘ve known Bill for many years, so it‘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 year‘s Oscar telecast a memorable one. And Adam‘s experience in producing, directing and especially choreography will be a huge asset to the production."

Mechanic says, "I‘m thrilled to be producing the Oscars with Adam. I 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."

Adds Shankman, "The last time I was on the show was as a dancer, and to come back as a producer is such an unbelievable honour. I look forward to collaborating with Bill to celebrate the world‘s collective love of movies and provide a fun escape from the difficult times we‘re living in. Simply put, there is no show like the Oscars, and I am thrilled to be a part of our industry‘s most treasured tradition."

Mechanic is Pandemonium Films chairman and CEO of and the former chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment. While at Fox, the studio released films like True Lies, Braveheart, Titanic and The Full Monty.

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