Summary: The Academy has selected a group of experienced live television professionals to oversee the 96th Oscars show in March, including executive producer Raj Kapoor, executive producer Katy Mullan, and director Hamish Hamilton. The team’s expertise and passion for cinema will bring a fresh vision to the show, according to Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang.
The Academy has announced a new team of live television veterans to lead the 96th Oscars show in March. Raj Kapoor, who has worked on the Oscars for the past seven years, will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Kapoor has also contributed to the Grammys, the Emmys, and other notable productions. Joining Kapoor as executive producer is Katy Mullan, whose credits include ‘Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration’ and the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics. In addition, Hamish Hamilton will return to direct the Oscars for the first time in nearly a decade. Hamilton has previously directed three Academy Award telecasts, as well as numerous Super Bowl halftime shows and the London Olympics opening. The Academy’s decision to bring in this team of experienced professionals reflects their commitment to creating a reinvigorated show.
The 96th Oscars are scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 10, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Despite the challenges posed by the actors’ strike and the ongoing pandemic, the Academy is determined to move forward with their plans. The announcement of the new team has been met with enthusiasm by Walt Disney Television executive Rob Mills, who praised Kapoor, Mullan, and Hamilton’s creativity, energy, and love for movies. The Academy’s goal is to make this year’s ceremony a memorable and exciting night for all.
In addition to the show’s production team, Lisa Love and Raúl Àvila will return to design the ‘red carpet aesthetic.’ Last year, the Oscars decided to skip the traditional red carpet, opting for a champagne-colored walkway instead. The Academy has been facing declining ratings in recent years, but the past two shows have seen a modest rebound. The 96th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, drew 18.7 million viewers in March, an improvement from previous years. However, there is still pressure on this year’s ceremony to deliver a captivating lineup of nominated movies that will attract a wide audience.
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