August 25, 2012 - 15:01 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Chicago producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are to mastermind the 2013 Oscars ceremony, organizers have announced, according to BBC News.
The pair were executive producers on the 2002 hit musical, which picked up six Oscars including best picture.
They were also producers of 2007 films Hairspray and The Bucket List and are currently the executive producers of US TV series Smash.
Academy president Hawk Koch described them as "forward thinkers who bring a unique perspective to the Oscar show". "Their enormous collective talent, coupled with their love of film, serves our show perfectly," he said.
Among Zadan and Meron's other credits include last year's remake of Footloose and the Broadway revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Their appointment hints at a more traditional Oscar ceremony which could include a variety of comedy, song and dance.
"We hope to utilize our experience in producing features, TV and theatre to bring something fresh and special to this incredible awards show," the producers said in a statement. "When we filmed The Bucket List, we made our own personal bucket list and producing the Oscars was number one. It's truly a great honor."
Last year action director Brett Ratner was hired to produce the ceremony. But he later resigned after using a derogatory gay term in public.
Apollo 13 producer Brian Grazer was then brought in to run the show and hired Billy Crystal to replace Eddie Murphy after the latter withdrew as host.
The 85th Academy Awards will be held on 24 February at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, formerly the Kodak.