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Gay producing duo of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron hired again to produce Oscars

Likely the earliest Academy has ever hired Oscar producers
Craig_Zadan and Neil_Meron

The 2014 Academy Awards are more than 10 months away, but Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have already been hired to produce them.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences confirmed Tuesday (16 April) that Meron and Zadan, who produced this year's Oscars, will return for next year's show.

It is believed to be the earliest date that producers have been chosen by the Academy.

Zadan and Meron, both openly gay, are the producing team behind the big screen musicals Chicago and Hairpray and the TV series Smash, among many other productions on stage and screen.

This year's Oscar telecast featured comic Seth Macfarlane as host and many musical numbers - some considered more successful than others. Although the show itself received mixed reviews, ratings were high with more than 40 million viewers.

The producing pair was also behind the Broadway hits How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Promises, Promises.

Their other film credits include the recent remake of Footloose and The Bucket List starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. They are currently at work on a big screen remake of Bonnie and Clyde.

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