Oscars: Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner produce 95th Academy Awards; Other key creative team members mentioned

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In an effort to get the Oscar broadcast back on track, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced today that the awards show and live television veterans Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner will produce the 95th Annual Academy Awards will be broadcast on TBEN March 12, 2023 .

Since he was named CEO in the spring, Bill Kramer has indicated that the Academy would strive to hire top TV professionals with extensive experience, rather than going in the past by mainly employing producers. who were better known for their work in the film rather than performing live. television. Recent producers included Steven Soderbergh in 2021 and last year Will Packer who ran the infamous show with “the slap” overshadowing everything else.

Weiss will also be directing the show, something he’s done for the past seven years in a row, but this will only be his second time with a production credit on it. Joining its longtime partner Kirschner, the Academy now has a couple with over 30 years of production experience, including 21 critically acclaimed Tony Awards shows, The Primetime Emmys, Super Bowl Halftime shows, and countless other iconic events. AMPAS is clearly hoping the couple can use their magic for the Oscars.

Kramer, and new Academy President Janet Yang also made the announcement this morning at the Academy Membership Meeting, which was open to all 10,000+ members of AMPAS and the first in what will hopefully be several gatherings designed to promote transparency within the Academy and increase members’ membership. to give a voice in the direction of the organization.

Kramer and Yang also revealed several other key creatives who will be working on the Oscar show this year. They include red carpet executive producer David Chamberline, another veteran of live TV; red carpet creative consultants Lisa Love and Raul Avila who previously attended the MET Gala; creative director Kenny Gravillis who has had a hand in art and campaigns for many films; and production designers Misty Buckley, a veteran of musical world tours and broadcast music shows for Ariana Grande, Coldplay and others, along with Alana Billingsley who has worked on Oscars, Emmys and Grammys.

“We are delighted to have Glenn and Ricky at the helm,” said Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang. “Their expertise in live television production is exactly what the Oscars need. We look forward to working closely with them, our board of directors and the council’s award committee to deliver an exciting and energetic show. Beside them is an incredible array of creative partners – David Chamberlin, Lisa Love, Raúl Àvila, Kenny Gravillis, Misty Buckley and Alana Billingsley – who will bring fresh ideas to the broadcast and to the red carpet.”

‘Bill Made Us’an offer we couldn’t refuse‘but he really’had us on hello‘ said Weiss and Kirshner.

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“We couldn’t be happier to have live event veterans Glenn and Ricky as executive producers of the 95th Oscars broadcast on TBEN. Their experience and creativity are excluded, and we look forward to seeing their vision come true for Hollywood’s biggest night,” said Rob Mills, executive vice president, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television.

Weiss has directed numerous live television events, including seven previous Oscars shows, winning two Primetime Emmys, and 21 Tony Awards® shows, directing three times and producing nine Primetime Emmys. He has also won eight DGA Awards for his work on the Oscars and Tonys. Weiss’ additional directorial credits include last year’s multi-network Inaugural Night special “Celebrating America,” “The Democratic National Convention,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “The Primetime Emmy® Awards,” “American Music Awards,” ‘BET Awards, “New Years Rockin’ Eve”, “Academy of Country Music Awards” and many others.

Kirshner has over 30 years of experience producing entertainment and has produced shows for every major network. He received 26 Emmy nominations and won nine Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award. Kirshner’s credits include many of television’s most watched and award-winning specials, including the Tony Awards, 14 Super Bowl Halftime Shows, “Night of Too Many Stars,” “The Primetime Emmy Awards,” “The Democratic National Convention,” Presidential Inaugurals, and many others .

Chamberlin returns for the fourth straight year as the executive producer of TBEN’s “The Oscars Red Carpet Show,” the official live prelude to the 95th Oscars broadcast. Chamberlin leads Full Day Productions, with credits such as the ‘Savage X Fenty Show’, ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration’, multiple ’30 for 30′ films, ‘Monday Night Football’ with Peyton and Eli, NFL Honors and the ESPY Awards.

Love and Àvila join the team for the first time to reimagine the red carpet aesthetic and guest experience of the Oscars. Àvila is the creative director of the Met Gala and Love is contributing creatively and overseeing various aspects of the event. They led the creative team for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures galas in 2021 and 2022.

Gravillis joins the team for the first time to conceptualize the key art for this year’s Oscars marketing campaign. His design firm, Gravillis Inc., recently rebranded Orion Pictures, has developed iconic key art and campaigns for legions of films, including ‘Dune’, ‘Summer of Soul’, ‘Birds of Prey’, ‘Queen & Slim’, ‘BlacKkKlansman’ ”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Free Solo”, “Iris” and many more. Gravillis, a member of the Academy’s Marketing and Public Relations Department, also created posters and other materials for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures store.

Buckley and Billingsley join the team for the first time as production designers – as well as the first female-led design team – for the 95th Oscars. Buckley has designed world tours and productions for artists such as Ariana Grande, Kacey Musgraves and Coldplay, including the band’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. She has also designed the 2021 GRAMMYS, the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the 2022 Commonwealth Games ceremonies, the Brit Awards and numerous television productions for the TBEN and ITV. Buckley earned a BAFTA nomination for her work with Stormzy at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival and Emmy nominations for her production design of the 2021 GRAMMYS and Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Live!.” Billingsley has served as art director on six previous Oscar shows, earning five Emmy nominations and winning two Emmys. Additional credits include “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “The Primetime Emmy Awards,” “GRAMMYS,” “CMA Awards,” “BET Awards,” and a host of other live television productions.

The 95th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at the Dolby® Theater in Ovation Hollywood and will be broadcast live on TBEN and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

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