“The last time I was on the show was as a dancer, and to come back as a producer is such an unbelievable honor,” Adam Shankman said in a statement after being named the co-producer of this year's Academy Awards telecast. “I look forward to collaborating with Bill [Mechanic\ to celebrate the world’s collective love of movies and provide a fun escape from the difficult times we’re living in. Simply put, there is no show like the Oscars and I am thrilled to be a part of our industry’s most treasured tradition.”
Shankman and Bill Mechanic were announced as the producers of the telecast today by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak. This will be the first major Oscar show involvement for both men.
“I couldn’t be happier to have this talented team on board,” said Sherak, in a statement. “I’ve known Bill for many years so it’s like putting Oscar in the care of a dear friend. Bill has a tremendous love and respect of film and will draw from his vast experience as a producer, a studio executive and a film historian to help make this year’s Oscar telecast a memorable one. And Adam’s experience in producing, directing and especially choreography will be a huge asset to the production.”
“I’m thrilled to be producing the Oscars with Adam,” said Mechanic in a statement. “I think Adam has the perfect background and spirit to make the show both unique and fun to watch. Together we will build upon the best traditions from the great shows of the past while helping pave the way to the future.”
Mechanic is the chairman and CEO of Pandemonium Films and the former chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Shankman is a film director with credits including “Bedtime Stories” (2008), “Hairspray” (2007), “A Walk To Remember” (2002) and “The Wedding Planner” (2001).
The 2009 Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.