Veteran musical producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the 2013
The announcement comes less than a month after Hawk Koch was appointed as the new academy president, and it follows the academy's failed attempt to recruit Lorne Michaels to produce and Jimmy Fallon to host the 85th Academy Awards.
Zadan and Meron executive produced the Oscar-winning musical "Chicago," and were behind “Hairspray” and the original and the remake of "Footloose." Most recently they produced the
"When we filmed 'The Bucket List,' we made our own personal bucket list, and producing the Oscars was #1. It's truly a great honor," the two said in a statement, adding that they intend to utilize their experience producing films, theater and television shows to "bring something fresh and special" to the annual show.
Producing the Oscars is often considered a thankless task. The show is routinely criticized in the media, and the producers, no matter how original, are often hamstrung by the best picture selections. Years in which big box-office grossers are contenders in the race often result in bigger TV ratings for the show.
Zadan and Meron, who are currently executive producing the