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Openly gay Oscar producers asked to return for 2015 Academy Awards

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, coming off hugely successful 2014 show, will produce for third consecutive year
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It's not yet known if Ellen DeGeneres will return as host but the producers behind this year's hugely successful Academy Awards telecast will be back for the 2015 show.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce for the third consecutive year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

Last month's Oscars garnered 45.4 million total viewers - the highest ratings in 14 years.

'This year’s show reached viewers of all ages and set social media records, proving that Craig and Neil are masters at tapping into the zeitgeist and capturing the hearts of movie fans around the world,' Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement.

Meron and Zadan, prolific producers of film (Chicago, Hairspray), television (Smash, The Sound of Music Live!) and stage (How to Succeed in Business and Promises, Promises), said in their own joint statement: 'We’re proud of the show’s success over the last two years and we are eager to embark on another entertaining show to honor this year’s motion pictures.'

The Oscars will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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