As TOH! predicted, last year’s Governors Awards producer Reginald Hudlin is one of the 2016 Oscar producers. There are two: he is joined by Emmy-winning Australian Sky and Fox Sports maverick David Hill; it’s their first involvement with the Academy Awards show airing live on ABC on Sunday, February 26, 2016.
Under president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy is making sure that the 88th telecast will be a diverse one. Hill, formerly the senior executive vice president of 21st Century Fox, and Hudlin, Oscar-nominated producer on “Django Unchained,” will have many elements to contend with in the footsteps of last year’s showrunners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, including the length of the show, tech and Governors Awards recaps and the various musical segues and monologues.
Here are full bios for the producers:
An executive with the Fox group of companies for more than 25 years, Hill most recently served as the senior executive vice president of 21st Century Fox, overseeing programming, digital initiatives, and other opportunities on five continents. He was previously the chairman and CEO of Fox Sports Media Group, during which time he spearheaded the integration of new technologies and multiplatform programming services across the U.S. Hill began his career with parent company News Corporation in Great Britain, where he helped launch Sky Television, introduced the multilingual sports channel Eurosport, and created the hugely popular subscription channel Sky Sports. While he has contributed to hundreds of Emmy nominations and awards for the network, Hill received an individual Emmy for Outstanding Live Sports Special as an executive producer of the 2011 World Series broadcast. He also served as an executive producer on the last two seasons of “American Idol.” He recently left Fox to start his own production company, Hilly, focusing on live and reality television.
A writer, director, producer and executive, Hudlin received a 2012 Best Picture Oscar nomination as a producer of “Django Unchained.” Hudlin’s film credits include “Boomerang,” “The Great White Hype” and the award-winning comedy “House Party,” which he also wrote. He executive produced the hit television series “The Boondocks” and “The Black Panther”; and has directed for “Modern Family,” “Murder in The First,” “New Girl” and “The Office.” Last year, Hudlin produced the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards ceremony and has been the executive producer of the NAACP Image Awards since 2012. Hudlin was the first President of Entertainment for BET Networks from 2005 to 2009, where he oversaw programming and developed some of the network’s highest rated shows during his tenure. He is a partner in Milestone Media, a multi-ethnic comic book company distributed by DC Comics, as well as New Nation Networks, a premium content provider in partnership with Google. Hudlin is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, Producers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild. He serves on the executive board of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and Wasatch.