Bruce Cohen, Don Mischer to produce 82nd annual Academy Awards

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bruce Cohen, Don Mischer to produce Oscars

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood veterans Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer will oversee the next Academy Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday that Oscar-winning producer Cohen will oversee the Feb. 27 show with live-event maestro Mischer, who will also serve as the telecast’s director.

It will be the first time either has worked on the ceremony, though the two previously teamed up for the Academy’s inaugural Governors Awards event in November.

“I fell in love with the Oscars as an 8-year-old kid, the night my grandmothers let me stay up to watch for the first time,” Cohen, who won an Oscar in 1999 for “American Beauty,” said in a statement. “It is a dream come true for me to now be producing the show with the phenomenal Don Mischer, whom I’ve had an incredible time working with in the past.”

Cohen’s other credits include the films “Big Fish,” ”The Forgotten” and “Milk,” and the TV series “Pushing Daisies.”

Mischer has produced and directed many hours of live events, including Super Bowl halftime shows, opening and closing Olympic ceremonies, Kennedy Center Honors, Primetime Emmy Awards and the inaugural celebration of President Barack Obama.

The appointment of Cohen and Mischer follows two years of first-time Oscar-producing duos. “Dreamgirls” producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon helmed the 81st annual ceremony hosted by Hugh Jackman in 2009. And “Hairspray” director Adam Shankman and studio chief Bill Mechanic organized the 82nd annual show hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin earlier this year.


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