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Oscars 2021 production team ready for Pandemic Era telecast – Deadline

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With the 93rd Academy Awards forced to adapt and change, with the coronavirus pandemic still a major factor, the production crew for the April 25 ceremony announced on Wednesday reflects these conditions.

Producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh have unveiled 14 key members of their team for the show, which will air live on ABC from the Oscar’s usual home at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater and downtown Union Station. from Los Angeles. Returning veterans include newcomers including The Roots drummer and filmmaker Questlove, who previously performed on television but is now Music Director; Oscar nominated screenwriter Richard LaGravenese, who also wrote the film Liberace directed by Soderbergh Behind the candelabra, as a writer; and Dream Hampton, writer and executive producer of Survive R. Kelly, also as a writer.

All three are newbies to the world of the Oscars. Other newcomers include Jesse Collins Entertainment veterans Jeannae Rouzan-Clay (BET Awards, Super Bowl LV halftime show with The Weeknd) and Dionne Harmon (Grammy Awards Tribute to Sounds of Change, Super Bowl LV halftime show starring The Weeknd) as co-producers. They will be joined by veterans of the annual show, including supervising producer Rob Paine, who has been on the Oscars team for 20 years; co-producer Raj Kapoor, returning for a fifth consecutive year, overseeing content and on-screen performances; and Taryn Hurd who returns for the eighth consecutive year as a talented producer.

Longtime screenwriter Jon Macks head writer Tonight Show with Jay Leno scribe returning for his 24th Oscar TV show after recent gigs written for the 2020 Democratic National Convention and the Celebrate America inaugural special, will lead a team that includes Amberia Allen (second Oscars), Rodney Barnes (Wu-Tang: an American saga) and Mitchell Marchand (MTV Music Video Awards) with LaGravenese and Hampton.

Other returning veterans include production designer David Rockwell, who played the role for the 81st and 82nd Oscars and is a Tony winner with over 60 theatrical productions, including She loves me, naughty boots and Harispray (he also designs Nobu hotels and restaurants); and lighting designer Robert Dickinson, who returns for his 32nd Oscar show with 18 Primetime Emmy Awards to his name, including three for Oscar TV shows.

As Deadline unveiled this week, there is no single host planned for this year’s ceremony, with producers now having offers for talent who they hope will take turns introducing the categories.

Glenn Weiss is returning to lead the Oscars for a sixth consecutive year, but little is known about the makeup of the ceremony. The organizer, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told the nominees there would be a ban on zooms, so popular with other shows of the Covid era, including the Golden Globes, Critics Choice and the next SAG Awards truncated.

“Our plan is that this year’s Oscars will look like a movie, not a TV show, and Glenn took that approach and came up with his own ideas on how to get there,” Collins, Sher and Soderbergh said. when Weiss came on board. Last week.